Since irate mobs are attacking and vandalizing state transportation (ST) vehicles, hundreds of these buses have been canceled as a precaution.
The Antarwali Sarati incident, in which the police used lathi charges after villagers in the Jalna district demanded reservation for the Maratha community, sparked protests across Maharashtra, and the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus services have been severely disrupted for the past two days.
Due to irate mobs’ frequent targeting and vandalism of state transportation (ST) vehicles, hundreds of these buses have been canceled as a precaution. At ST depots in Pune, Satara, Kolhapur, and other areas, buses bound for Ahmednagar, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, Jalna, Beed, and Latur are stranded. The MSRTC’s cancellation of more than 600 buses from Pune to these locations forces customers to take private tourist buses at more expensive rates.
“Many buses headed for Marathwada from Pune have been stopped for the sake of the wellbeing of the travelers and MSRTC staff. Today (Sunday), almost 600 buses have been stopped. No bus has left Pune since the morning towards Jalna, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, Latur, or any other location. From a number of ST depots in the Pune district, approximately 15,000 people ride on these routes every day. To avoid any unforeseen incidents, these buses have been held back in Pune, according to Kailash Patil, divisional controller of MSRTC Pune.
“Since my family lives in Pune and I work in Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar, I traveled to Pune for Raksha Bandhan on Thursday. There are no ST buses at the Wakdewadi ST depot today, therefore I was supposed to go back to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar tomorrow to continue work. As a result, I had to use a private vehicle that charged passengers Rs600 each seat, according to passenger Sagar Nimbalkar.
16 trains have been halted following the Antarwali Sarati village lathi charge. Buses from Marathwada have been prohibited from traveling to the Yavatmal area, and trains through Pusad, Yavatmal, have been suspended, which is extremely inconvenient for travelers.
Source- Hindustan times