Commuters in lurch as buses stay off road for second day in Berhampur

Berhampur: Private buses in Berhampur town remained off roads for the second consecutive day today as the Ganjam District Private Bus Operators’ Association extended its strike to an indefinite period after talks with the district administration failed to yield any results Sunday evening. The Association has been opposing relocation of the city bus stand to modern bus terminal at Haldiapadar.

Following the strike, commuters travelling to and from Berhampur had a harrowing time reaching their destinations, informed sources.

Although around 28 city buses were seen plying to areas like Gopalpur, Hinjili and Chhatrapur, passengers travelling to the interior pockets of the district were left stranded at the bus stand. Intermittent rain and muddy pools added to the woes as passengers struggled to arrange smaller vehicles to reach their places.

“We are stranded at the Berhampur bus stand due to the undeclared strike. I am unaware of the exact reason but hope that the State Government resolves the matter at the earliest” said a commuter.

Another passenger stranded at the bus stand since yesterday said, “I had to go to Polasara but as there are no buses I am stuck here. It is so humid and the mosquitoes are making it even more miserable.’

As per reports, communication to most parts of the State including Bhanjanagar, Aska in Ganjam district as well as to Rayagada, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Rourkela and Andhra Pradesh were severely affected in view of the strike.

The newly constructed bus terminus at Haladiapadar was schedule to open from July 1 but the Association opposed its relocation citing that the district administration had not made adequate security arrangements at the new bus stand and was starting the operation in a hurried manner.

The bus owners also alleged that the administration is yet to bring clarity over issues related to bus routes and tax permits.