Thursday, February 2, 2023

Van operators refuse to end strike, traffic goes haywire

Jamshedpur : School van operators in the city on Monday failed to end their strike despite receiving assurances from the district administration.

The van operators gathered at the DC office this morning and raised their issues. They complained that the traffic police along with district transport department are targeting the operators in the name of overloading and commercialisation of vehicles. The operators complained that the police were also exploiting them in the name of over loading and demanding bribe.

It may be noted here that as mark of protest against the overloading check drive started by the district transport department and traffic police, the van operators on Thursday night had announced strike. The police recently carried raids at school vans seized their vehicles.

A leader of Shikshit Berozgar School Vahan Chalak Sangh said, “We have decided to continue with the strike. Meanwhile as people in the city reel under humid climate conditions, parents of students studying in English medium schools faced tough times with van operators strike continued on Monday too. Parents were pinning hopes that the transpiration would normalise from tomorrow.

Hundreds of parents who rely on vans as means to reach their children school had to face tough situation when van operators refused to move ahead.

Traffic movement was affected at Straight Mile Road near Baug-E-Jamsheed square which had presence of four schools namely Baug-E-Jamsheed, Motilal Nehru Public  School, Rajendra Vidyalaya and Dayanand Public School.

Traffic jams was witnessed near Inner Circle Road near DAV Public School in Contractors Area of Bistupur,  Kharkhai Link Road near St Mary’s English School in Bistupur.

According to officials of transport department in order to garner more returns the van operators take in large number of children opposite to the capacity of the vans. This may result to a major accident any time. This is the prime reason they have acted against them.

Prior to this, as the day started parents were seen carrying children on their personal vehicles. While many complained against the attitude of the van operators there were few who voiced support to the operators.

“I am socked to hear their decision. The van operators have refused to carry our children. I have no choice but to carry my daughters to Sacred Heart Covent School on my bike, said Shailendra Singh, a resident of Sakchi.

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