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1.3.16

BUSES STRIKE * India: By Ranchi Bus Owners Association

* Jharkhand: Transport authority trims halt time, buses go off roads

-- Thousands of commuters across Jharkhand on Thursday had a harrowing time after more than 1,000 buses went off the roads to protest against a regional transport authority’s decision to curtail the halt time of buses to pick up passengers from bus stands... The South Chotanagpur Regional Transport Authority on January 28 issued a directive, saying that big buses plying from Khadgarha and Itki terminals in Ranchi will get 5 minutes while small buses 3 minutes to pick up passengers. Earlier, time for picking up passengers was 10 minutes and 5 minutes for big and small buses respectively... Krishna Mohan Singh of Ranchi Bus Owners Association said a 32-seater bus on an average takes three minutes to pick up six to eight passengers... The strike has inconvenienced commuters, especially daily wage workers, most of who come to Ranchi from Khunti, Lohardaga and Ramgarh every day in search of job... Regional transport authority secretary Rajesh Kumar Barware said, “Stoppage time at bus stand has been rescheduled because of the rising number of buses. However, we will discuss the issue with bus operators on Friday” ... 
 (Photo by Parwaz Khan/HT - Passengers wait in vain for their buses at Birsa Munda terminal in Ranchi on Thursday, as bus operators went on a strike to protest against transport authority’s move to curtail halt time of buses)   --   Ranchi, Jharkhand, India- The Hindustan Times, by Sanjoy Dey - Feb 26, 2016

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