Shimla, Aug 1
At the time when Union Home Ministry has notified to open the interstate bus service, Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation has withdrawn its ongoing services from the selective routes.
Talking about, Regional Manger of Shimla Local depot stated that they are not playing any bus services on Saturday and Sunday to certain routes due to insufficient passengers.
When the RM was informed that a number of people were waiting for last two hours on, Shimla-Totu-Airport Kunihar highway he stated they would not send any service on Saturday and Sunday however the suspended bus services would be resumed on Monday.
Due to the sudden decision now most of daily wagers, government employees, business men and local people will be forced to walk on foot several miles to reach their homes or get to work in these 2 days. “Barely a few can afford taxis, and others will have to bank on lift,” rued a local resident Mohan.
Apathy of HRTC which is already charging 25 per cent hike on fare, are keeping almost the entire fleet parked around the cart road in Shimla town but is not putting it at public service, he added.
Though the corporation had not announced any withdrawal of services officially but it seems that the fleet is cut down on the whim and fancies of local management, stated other effected citizens.
The Shimla district administration announced on Saturday that markets would remain open on Sunday due to rakhi. Yet the decision would be no good for nearby villagers if HRTC buses keeps off road on certain local routes. Moreover for most parts of the state besides road transport there are no many viable public modes of transporation available to people in the state.