Throughout this three-day marketing campaign, the workers – underneath the banner of a united entrance launched earlier this 12 months – arrange service desks at varied public locations throughout the state on Wednesday to garner help from native residents for his or her calls for for the enlargement of the state public transport fleet and enchancment of the providers provided to commuters.
In response to the Roadways workers, the state wants round 14,000 buses based mostly on the present inhabitants and demand. Nonetheless, the Roadways at the moment has a fleet of 4,200 buses of which round 2,500 are operational for the time being. The bus fleet was lowered throughout Covid because of a pointy plunge in demand.
Sudhir Ahlawat, district head of Haryana Roadways Sanyukt Karamchari Sangh, mentioned, “The state authorities is hell bent on privatising the Roadways as an alternative of discovering a workable answer to extend the fleet and revenues. With gas costs making travelling costlier on personal buses, there is a additional surge in demand for state buses. There are new routes that may be opened and the present buses will be revamped.”
After the signature marketing campaign, the workers will gherao the workplace of the transport division to press for his or her calls for.
“On June 8, we’ll take all these signed paperwork, together with our memorandum, and march in direction of the state transport division workplace. We are going to hand over these paperwork to the division officers and ask them to present us an assurance to satisfy these calls for in a time-bound method,” mentioned Haryana Roadways Staff Union common secretary Sarbat Punia.