Serpentine queues were witnessed at the bus stand in Sector 17,with jam-packed buses leaving for their destinations on Sunday. Hundreds of passengers,especially those travelling to Delhi,had to face difficulty finding seats. Passengers were not able to board buses despite waiting for hours.
The closure of the Chandigarh Airport on Sunday for repair work combined with the MD/MS examination conducted by PGI added to the peoples woes. Long hours of wait created more panic among passengers,who also entered into heated arguments with conductors and service providers. Today there was a massive rush at Sector-17 bus stand,especially at Delhi counters. The rush was at peak for several hours from 1 pm to 6 pm. However,there was some relief at night, said an official from Punjab Roadways.
The passengers would rush towards a bus the moment it reached the entrance gate of the bus stand. It put the aged and women in difficulty. The majority of passengers were youngsters who had come for an entrance examination. More than 20 fully packed Punjab Roadways buses left from Chandigarh to Delhi. Even then there was no relief, the official added.
On Sundays,usually there is a rush,but today it was massive,maybe because of entrance examination and closure of the airport. Every half an hour a fully loaded Haryana Roadways bus left for Delhi. We tried our best to accommodate passengers,but they had to face inconvenience, said a Haryana Roadways official.
The commuting problem was more for people who had to travel short-term distances like Ambala. The passengers complained that they were not allowed to travel in the buses despite waiting for hours.
Many passengers entered into heated arguments with conductors over the issue. I had to go to Ambala,and I waited for an hour at the bus stand but was not given the ticket. The conductors were giving preference to those going to Delhi, said S Chaudhary,a commuter.
However,the Haryana Roadways official denied the allegation. It was not the case. We did not say no to anyone and accommodated everyone, he said.