GUWAHATI: Residents of Guwahati are facing severe issues in commuting due to the ongoing ‘Chakka Bandh’ across Assam. The ‘Chakka Bandh’ has been called by the All Assam Motor Transport Association (AAMTA) demanding an increase of bus fares in the State.
In view of the strike, the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is operating 650 buses across the state but still it is not sufficient for daily commuters.
“I go to the office by bus but due to the bandh today I have booked a Rapido bike taxi. After trying 5 times I got a ride. I am already late. The government should resolve the issues immediately as we daily commuters are facing a lot of issues due to the Chakka Bandh,” said an office going lady.
“We are always at trouble when such bandhs are called. It harms everyone and the government should try to avoid this kind of situations beforehand,” said a daily commuter.
“I have been waiting for a long time now for a bus to travel to Jalukbari. There is no point of such bandhs and if the bus operators are having problems they should take the matter with the government and not turn it into a harassment for daily commuters like us,” said one person who has been waiting for a bus in GS Road.
It is to be mentioned that the Assam Transport Department on Sunday requested the All Assam Motor Transport Association to call off the strike. Assam Transport Minister Chandramohan Patowary has convened a meeting on the 6th of October.
“Though ASTC is trying its best to help the commuters but there aren’t enough buses for everyone. As it is the first working day of the week a lot of people in Guwahati are out to complete their daily business and other tasks and this low availability of transport is turning them back to their homes,” said a marketing executive.