FOGGY WEATHER conditions in north India which has caused major air and rail traffic is now forcing people to opt for buses and cabs to avoid long delays and also to reach their destinations on time. Bus and private taxi operators in city maintain that for last one week, the number of passengers travelling to Delhi by road has increased. “The passenger rush has increased up to 10 per cent in the past one week,” R Y Goyal, General Manager, Haryana Roadways in Chandigarh told Chandigarh Newsline. “I don’t know if the increase is because of the fog. But, yes, the number of passengers travelling to Delhi has increased.”
Goyal added on Sunday the Haryana roadways added three more buses to its fleet of buses operating to Delhi.
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Taxi operators say that demand for cars too has increased and to avoid flight cancellations, people prefer cabs over trains and flights.
“The demand for cars has increased because of the long delay and regular cancellation in the trains and the flights. I send 15-20 vehicles to Delhi daily and these days, we have to arrange more vehicles because the number of passengers are more. In the past week, our booking have recorded an increase up to 1.5 times,” said Manjeet Singh, owner of Safe Tour Travels in Chandigarh.
He, however, added that they had received complaints that some vendors were charging excessive fare. “There is no one to check the fares and we have received information that some vendors are charging higher fares from the passengers,” said Singh.
“Our one vehicle used to make three trips to Delhi in a week. But now the same vehicle is making three trips through the entire week because the demand is much higher now. There could be a little difference in the fares, because during fog, the vehicles consume more fuel and some vendors may charge some more money,” said Gagandeep Singh, from Gagan Taxi Service in Sector 40.
Chandigarh has been witnessing major delays in the arrival of trains and flights owing to the poor visibility in north India. Since the past one week, many trains and flight bound for Chandigarh were cancelled.
On Wednesday, railways and airport officials said trains and flights continue to see delays because of bad weather. A railway official said while most of the Shatabdi trains were on time, other passengers trains were running late because of poor visibility.
At Chandigarh International Airport, officials said arrival of several flights were delayed, by a maximum of five hours. One IndiGo evening flight bound for Mumbai was cancelled, officials said.