The city buses being operated by the Udaipur Municipal Corporation have come to a standstill since afternoon on Sunday, 16 April. Reason: Drivers seeking security.
Drivers and conductors of the city buses plying in Udaipur have gone on strike. As per reports, the bus drivers and conductors are being beaten up by autorickshaw drivers on and off and neither the police nor the administration has taken cogniscance of the matter as yet. Drivers have rounded up the buses and parked them at the garage located at Reti Stand in Udaipur. The protesting persons have demanded a written assurance from the administration on their security.
While the city bus drivers have gone on strike over the last 24 hours, the autorickshaw drivers are allegedly charging arbritrarily from passengers and the general public is bearing the brunt of the strike.
Khushpal Singh, one of the bus drivers said that on 13 April, some autorickshaw drivers forcefull entered one of the city buses near Debari Pulia near the Pratap Nagar police station and beat up the driver and conductor. When the bus reached the bus stand, another 50-60 autorickshaw drivers once again entered the bus and assaulted the driver and conductor, which led to serious injuries. Singh added that the reports have been lodged at the Pratap Nagar police station, but no concrete action has been taken in this matter. Khushpal said that he himself was assaulted with a knife at Surajpol a month ago.