Nagpur: Because the strike by MSRTC workers throughout the state entered 14th day, the Regional Transport Workplace (RTO) on Wednesday operated non-public buses on a number of routes together with Gondia, Bhandara, Katol, Amravati, Chandrapur, Wardha, Gadchiroli and different locations.
Complete 350 buses ferried 10,000 passengers, as per officiating regional transport officer Ravindra Bhuyar.
Amid heavy police bandobast, the RTO workforce led by motorized vehicle inspector Anand Mohod resumed the bus service from exterior the ST depot in Ganeshpeth, bringing aid to passengers, particularly these travelling to rural areas and inside locations from Nagpur.
Initially, the RTO launched the operations from exterior the Ganeshpeth depot. Nevertheless, citing excessive court docket’s order not permitting non-public bus operation throughout the periphery of 200m from ST stand, the Nagpur metropolis police led by senior PI (visitors) Hanmant Urlagondawar shifted the operations to close by roads.
The transfer brought about some inconvenience to commuters who needed to stroll an extended distance to board a bus.
Passengers welcomed the transfer to ply non-public buses on MSRTC routes however identified that the service ought to have resumed from contained in the Ganeshpeth bus depot.
TOI noticed passengers going through problem in finding the buses and even the police and transport division workers appeared helpless. No management room or helpline centre was discovered on the ST stand.
The non-public buses engaged by RTO had been additionally ferrying passengers on routes like Butibori, Koradi, Kamptee, the place Nagpur Municipal Company (NMC) is offering Aapli Bus service.
Transport commissioner Avinash Dhakne mentioned he has directed the native workplace to look into the matter, however until late night no determination. Commissioner of police Amitesh Kumar too assured to resolve the problem.
Although the RTO is monitoring motion of personal buses, many operators allegedly fleeced the passengers. Many passengers informed TOI that the operators are charging exorbitant fares on routes like Bhandara, Gondia and Wardha.
ST workers mentioned that they’d proceed with their strike till their calls for are met. ST driver Pravin Ghughe, who’s amongst these main the agitation, mentioned that they’d not take regulation and order of their fingers whereas ruling out opposition to ply non-public buses.
The workers are hopeful that the state authorities will fulfil their calls for.