With the employees of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) Wednesday joining the nationwide strike against the anti-trade union and worker policies of the central government, the bus services in the city remained paralysed.
A large number of commuters were inconvenienced as they were forced to make their own travel arrangements.
The buses remained parked at the Sector 17 and Sector 43 ISBT depots, while the employees of CTU and the other workers’ unions held a mass rally.
As the strike continued from 10 am to 2 pm, traffic snarls were witnessed in Sector 17, where the stranded commuters kept waiting for alternative modes of transport. The autorickshaw and taxi drivers were even seen overcharging the passengers.
The passengers who had to reach PGI from ISBT-17 were forced to take autorickshaws that were charging them Rs 30-40 per head instead of Rs 10. Even on the Madhya Marg extension road, where the autorickshaws usually charge Rs 10, they were charging over Rs 30 per head.
In Mohali, too, the employees of the call centres had to shell out more to reach their destinations. Some CTU buses are the only source of transportation for these employees.
Sandeep Kaur, who works at a call centre in Industrial Area, Phase VIII, said an autorickshaw charged her Rs 20 to drop her at her office from the Phase VI bus stand. She said that she usually spent Rs 10 while travelling by bus.
Shweta Thakur, another call centre employee, said she had to wait for around half an hour for an autorickshaw.
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