- Long distance bus services resume after 2.30pm
- City buses ply on road after 4pm
- City bus suffers loss of over rupees nine lakh
Nashik: On the backdrop of the damages to several buses across the state during the recently held Maratha agitations. Thus taking lessons from the past the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) cancelled all its long distance bus services on Monday morning from 7am while the city bus services was also stopped from 5.30am.
The long distance bus services were restored after 2.30pm while the city buses plied on the road after 4pm. However, though the decision saved the buses from the clutches of agitators, it had to lose the revenue of several crore rupees on Monday. Meanwhile, the buses of interstate routes and the buses of other depots started their journey by late evening under heavy police protection.
Notably, the police had already informed the MSRTC to stop services on Monday. Following their instructions, MSRTC cancelled 1669 rounds in city and 980 rounds in rural areas. All the buses were parked in different depots, while the buses arriving from other districts were stopped outside the district.
The buses from Gujarat were stopped at Saputara. As the result, no bus could ply on the road on Monday. MSRTC sources informed that the one-day agitation has led to loss of several crore rupees.
Considering the attacks on MSRTC buses, the police had already suggested us to avoid bus trips on Monday. Accordingly, we had stopped our service since 5.30am on Monday early morning. However, some commuters started requesting us to start the buses in the evening but police rejected permission for it. As the result, no bus could come out of the depots till 4pm.
However, owing to the bandh, we had to cancel a total of 1669 fairies as 120 city buses did not ply on road. Due to the bandh the city bus service suffered a loss of over Rs 9 lakh, informed MSRTC’s Panchavati depot manager.