Guwahati ignores Chakka Bandh and Bandh Culture
GUWAHATI: The morning hours of the 24-hour nation-wide strike on August 7 by the All India Motor Transport Organisation did not have much of an impact on traffic movement within the city.
Daily commuters were in fact happy that there were lesser commercial vehicles on the roads and it was a fast commute to their destination.
Srimanta Sankardev Path (GS Road) was busy as usual, minus the smoke billowing and errant city buses. The relief was provided by the administration wh
o had put into service extra buses so that the people can carry on with their normal routine.
Priyanka Bhardwaj a regular commuter from Rukminigaon to Paltan Bazar said, "It was very smooth today. My dad who drops me to the office was really happy with lesser traffic."
Of course daily commuters who use the last mile transport like Trekkers and Magics had to face difficulties as the arterial routes are not serviced by the buses. The main road traffic still remains almost the same with roads filled with vehicles.
"Work has to be done, it's just the transport strike, offices are open and we need to be on time. Normally I travel by scooter, but today I have taken out my car, as I know it will be easier and comfortable to drive," says H Deka from Hatigaon.
The buses provided by the administration are packed with people as the ratio has come down due to the absence of private buses. "Yes, the waiting time is a bit more but buses are there though a bit crowded. But it's okay for once in a while. These type of strikes should not be supported as it spoils our daily plan," says Rohit Jain who is a student.
Traffic movement in Guwahati city | G Plus Photo