Pune: Out of concern for safety of passengers and buses, State Transport bus services to and from Pune remained closed for the entire day on Thursday, due to which many passengers were stranded at bus stations across the city.
While the bus service was supposed to resume from 5 pm, the buses did not run at all on Thursday due to the threat of damage.
Alka Pawar from Nashik, who was waiting for a bus at Shivajinagar Bus Stand since morning to go back home, said, “I had come to Pune to visit my son. My other daughter-in-law is home and she is pregnant, so we were hoping to go back to Nashik as soon as possible. However, the bandh has made it impossible. If the buses don’t resume till evening, we will have to stay here for another night.”
When asked whether the buses will resume or not, the officials at the inquiry counter said there was no guarantee if the buses would run on Thursday or not, and it was better if the passengers rescheduled their travel to the next day.
Bindar Pal from Jalandhar, who had come to Pune for agriculture-related business and wished to travel to Manchar could not do so, as there were no buses.
Prateek Shende from Akola, a student who was stranded in the city with his friends due to unavailability of buses, said, “On Wednesday, we went to Mumbai to submit application forms for an entrance examination, but we could not submit those because of the strike by the government employees.
“So, today we had decided to do some sight-seeing, and we went to Lonavla by the train in the morning. However, everything there was closed due to the bandh. Then we came to Pune by local train hoping that we would be able go to Mahabaleshwar at least, but now we are stranded here as no buses are running on the roads. So now, we will wait until the bus service starts and then go to Mahabaleshwar.”