Commuters travelling by low-floor buses had a tough time on Wednesday after the newly inducted conductors went on a strike. More than 150 buses didn’t ply in the city as the strike continued till night.
People had to face a lot of inconvenience while reaching their destinations.
The conductors went on a strike after one of their colleagues was beaten up by some college students at 2 pm on Wednesday.
The victim informed all other conductors about the incident and called them at Sanganer depot. Soon, all the conductors reached the depot and announced to go on a strike demanding the arrest of the guilty students. The strike disrupted the regular services of the buses.
The JCTSL administration tried to pacify the agitating conductors but they persisted with their demand of arresting the students who had beaten up their colleague.
Chief manager of Sanganer depot Surendra Singh Ratnu assured them of action but the conductors didn’t relent. As a result, the JCTSL administration lodged a complaint against seven conductors for not doing their duty. As people were not aware of the strike, they waited for hours at bus stops, and later made alternative arrangements to reach their destinations. It was only in the evening that people got to know about the strike.
Till late in night, it was not clear whether the conductors would resume work on Thursday or continue with their strike.
The JCTSL has decided to take strict action against at least seven conductors for ‘disrupting government work’.
“We will take strict action against the striking conductors. It has brought a bad name to the company. We have also incurred huge losses. It is very unfortunate,” said Suchi Sharma, MD, JCTSL.
The administration was preparing alternative plans in case the conductors continue with their strike on Thursday as well. The striking conductors were inducted last month only.