Passengers hit by Goa Bandh, KTC provides little relief
गोवा बंदांक मेळ्ळो संमिश्र प्रतिसाद, प्रवाशांचे मात जाले हाल
09 Jan 2019 07:14 PM
Total bandh was witnessed only in Bicholim, with market shut down.
Passengers had to face a tough time as private buses remained off the road in most of the parts of Goa.
Ferry services were also shut down in the morning.
Banks and central government establishments remained closed even for the second day.
In some parts, taxis and rikshaws also were off the road, due to which Calangute, as well as air port, had to face problem.
The real bandh was witnessed in the mining town of Bicholim.
Besides public transport, the whole market remained closed, in spite of being it a day of weekly market.
The only public transport moving were Kadamba buses.
Private buses coming from interior villages as well as Sattari also did not pass through Bicholim.
But it was a peaceful bandh without any untoward incident.
Commuters living across the rivers in Goa had to face lots of problem as ferry services remained closed in the morning.
Especially Beti-Panaji, Chodan-Panaji and Diwar-Panaji.
However, most of the ferryboats started after 11 in the morning.
In Old Goa, people started the ferryboat and crossed the river. The police are searching for these people.
The bandh also hit the Dabolim airport as no enough number of taxis was available.
People were stranded at the airport for a long time while a limited number of taxis took advantage of the situation and charged them a bomb.
Almost 100 private buses were seen parked at the Mapusa bus stand but only Kadamba buses were plying.
No private buses also came to this busy bus stand of North Goa from villages of Bardez as well as from Pedne, Bicholim and Sattari.
Comparatively, public transport was seen moving freely in the South Goa towns like Madgao and Vasco. But people coming from Canacona, Sanguem and Quepem had to face a tough time.
People were also seen getting into private goods vehicles to reach Madgao.
Due to the strike, Kadamba Transport Corporation pressed more buses to crucial areas like railway stations, air port and even Calangute and Anjuna beaches.
EXTRA TRIPS OF KTC
Margao Railway Station 31
Panaji to Calangute 24
Airport to Calangute 22
Panaji to DonaPaula 10
Mapusa to Siolim 10
Mapusa to Anjuna Beach 05
Karmali Railway Station 02
Tivim Railway Station 02
At the end of the 2 days strike, AITUC President Christopher Fonseca thanked all the people for participating in this band and also keeping it peaceful.
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