Haryana buses refuse to enter Capital

Thousands of people were left in the lurch as buses of the state-run Haryana Roadways did not enter Delhi territory on Saturday following a protest against traffic tickets issued by the Delhi Police.

The police, however, insisted that challans are issued only in genuine cases of traffic violations.

Drivers of the Haryana Roadways buses dropped passengers at various entry points to Delhi, including Kundli barrier (near Sonipat), Badarpur (near Faridabad), Rohtak Road and the Gurgaon side.

Haryana Roadways buses make nearly 1,000 trips to and from Delhi daily. The move came despite Haryana Transport Department Director General Arun Kumar’s appeal on Friday to the Haryana Roadways employees not to cause inconvenience to the passengers by not taking their buses to Delhi.

He said that he has already taken up the matter with the Delhi Police authorities who have assured not to book the buses for the next few days.

He said that the Delhi Police authorities have also assured that the tickets would be issued only after video recording of buses.

Leaders of Haryana Roadways employees unions, however, said that their buses were targeted by Delhi Police’s traffic wing as they did not oblige police personnel with free rides.

On the other hand, Delhi Police denied the allegations claiming that Haryana Roadways employees unions may be protesting just to avoid all challans. “No individual or organisation has approached us to complain about any such practice as alleged,” a senior police officer said.

Sources in Delhi Police though claim that such practice is common in Delhi-Haryana border areas. “We have to travel across the capital for official work for which we end up paying from our pocket. There are several states where free travel facility is available for security forces,” they said. They claimed that such acts will come to an end if Haryana Roadways and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) start to provide free travel facility for them. 

It is pertinent to mention that as part of efforts to bring down ticketless travelling, Delhi Transport Department had told Delhi Transport Corporation to now allow free travel facility to Delhi Police personnel. Subsequently, the corporation had instructed all concerned to ask all police personnel, whether in uniform or otherwise, to purchase tickets while travelling in DTC buses.

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