Row brakes on bus service

Passengers continued to suffer on Tuesday after bus services between Puri and Bhubaneswar was suspended because of a dispute over timings among the private bus owners' associations of both the cities.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 12.09.18
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LONG WAIT: Commuters stranded as bus service was disrupted at Kalpana Square in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar: Passengers continued to suffer on Tuesday after bus services between Puri and Bhubaneswar was suspended because of a dispute over timings among the private bus owners' associations of both the cities.

On Monday, the commuters had to suffer as vehicles stayed off the roads in view of the Congress's strike protesting against the fuel price hike.

However on Tuesday, the situation became normal, but only in the afternoon following a discussion between the transport officials and both the associations.

Accusing the Puri Private Bus Owners' Association of detaining as many as 18 buses belonging to Bhubaneswar for the past three days, the state capital's bus body on Tuesday stopped all the services to Puri.

Bhubaneswar Bus Owners' Association secretary Barada Prasanna Acharya accused the Puri bus owners of creating problems for the former in plying buses from Bhubaneswar to Puri. "They have detained our buses for no reason - for which we are incurring huge losses. Harassment of our employees has become a regular affair in Puri, and the owners have lost interest in running buses to the city," said Acharya.

On the other hand, Puri bus association secretary Lokanath Pani also levelled similar allegations against the other association.

"The owners of the Bhubaneswar buses do not give us time to pick up passengers from Baramunda up to Kalpana Square. As a result, we are incurring huge losses. Though there has been a series of meeting to resolve the issue, they keep on harassing us," alleged Pani.

Around 100 buses daily ply between both the cities. In April, the bus services between Puri and Bhubaneswar were been suspended after the Cuttack Private Bus Owners' Association had detained 12 private buses from Puri in the city. Prior to it, two AC buses had been detained in Puri.

"Both the associations have been asked to adhere to the timings given in the permit. Transport officials, along with police personnel, will ensure that the timings are being complied," said a transport official.