Strike throws city out of gear

The day long strike by the CTU workers' union caused much harassment to residents. With no CTU buses plying on local or long routes throughout the day, the passengers had a tough time finding alternate modes of transport.

The bus stands in Sector 17 and 43 wore a deserted look. Office goers and students were the ones facing the most problem. Many could be seen waiting at bus stops in vain. To add to the woes of the people, the auto rickshaw drivers were charging exorbitant rates.

Jagdish Kumar, a resident of Sector 52, who was waiting for the arrival of a bus to reach the Sector 17 bus stand, stated that after waiting for half an hour, when no bus arrived, he was informed that there was a strike. "The strike caused harassment as I got delayed for work," he said.

Shamsher Singh, a student of PU says, "I was informed of the strike by my friend. I am new to the city and do not know many people. Commuting was a major problem today."

The union was on strike on Friday for the fulfillment of various demands. It is opposing the terms and conditions of the new buses being procured. Among the causes for contention is awarding of the annual maintenance contract of buses for a period of 10 years to the company from which the buses are to be purchased.

The members of the union are also demanding the filling up of vacant posts. The members opine that there is a shortage of staff and since new buses are to be procured, additional drivers and conductors would be required.

On an average, around 1.76 lakh people travel on CTU buses everyday. The strike had an adverse impact on the daily routine of the people. "My office is in Sector 17 and I commute by bus every day. I waited for around 20 minutes, but found no bus. This got me late for work," said an employee.

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