Tribune press service
Amritsar, September 7
Private bus occupancy rate climbed to 100% after a long time as state-run Punbus and PRTC buses were taken out of service due to indefinite strike called by contract workers union Punjab Roadways Punbus on Tuesday .
Their members did not block the Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra Interstate Bus Terminal (ISBT), which allowed private buses to earn a moolah.
Passengers have preferred government buses to private buses since the introduction of free travel for women.
Harjot Singh, a ticket collector on a private bus, admitted that the private buses that had been the recipients since the said scheme was introduced saw a huge turnaround in the strike by employees of the public buses. He said this trend was limited to strike days that were frequent following the run for elections to the Assembly. Two strike phases took place last month and this is the first phase of an indefinite strike this month.
Sarbjit Singh, driver of a private bus, said the family segment of passengers preferred the state-run buses because of the free travel program. Passengers usually turn to private buses once the government buses are packed.
Jodh Singh, senior vice president of the union, said the meeting between his union representatives and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh is scheduled to take place at CM House in Chandigarh on September 10. their restlessness. If the government did not listen to their demands in a positive way, then they would be forced to intensify their protests. “
The majority of state-run buses run on long journeys. Still, passengers have ample choice from a variety of private buses that charge the same fare.
The Punjab Roadways Punbus Contractual Workers’ Union called on the government of Capt Amarinder Singh to increase the number of buses to 10,000 buses, to regularize all contract workers under the PRTC, as there were nearly 7,500 contract workers in the Punbus and the PRTC throughout the state, including 400 contract workers from the neighborhood.
Meanwhile, since the buses under Punjab’s roads are driven by regular staff, its buses moved without any problems.