40%-50% Kolkata buses go off road for poll duty; commuters in crisis
40%-50% Kolkata buses go off road for poll duty; commuters in crisis
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40%-50% Kolkata buses go off road for poll duty; commuters in crisis

Kolkata will witness a significant reduction in bus services, with nearly 40%-50% of buses being withdrawn from operation. By May 27, this number is expected to rise to 90% as buses are deployed for election duties, causing considerable inconvenience to daily commuters. The Election Commission's requisition of private buses and minibuses for poll duties has sparked concerns about travel disruptions, exacerbating the already strained transportation situation in the city.

Despite requests from senior transport department officials to limit bus requisition to 40%-50%, the Election Commission's demands during the poll season have not been accommodated. Consequently, around 65%-70% of buses, and in some cases up to 80%, are now engaged in election duties, affecting both private and government bus operations in Howrah and Kolkata.

The impact of bus shortages is felt across various routes, with significantly reduced bus frequencies and longer wait times for passengers. The West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) has also been affected, leading to the deployment of air-conditioned buses as replacements on certain routes.

Passengers lament the prolonged wait times and overcrowded buses, with some reporting delays of up to two hours for the next available bus. This disruption is expected to persist until polling concludes on June 2. Additionally, for the final round of voting, other authorities such as Lalbazar, local police stations, and the motor vehicles department are also requisitioning buses, further exacerbating the shortage in public transportation services. (ET Infra)

Kolkata will witness a significant reduction in bus services, with nearly 40%-50% of buses being withdrawn from operation. By May 27, this number is expected to rise to 90% as buses are deployed for election duties, causing considerable inconvenience to daily commuters. The Election Commission's requisition of private buses and minibuses for poll duties has sparked concerns about travel disruptions, exacerbating the already strained transportation situation in the city. Despite requests from senior transport department officials to limit bus requisition to 40%-50%, the Election Commission's demands during the poll season have not been accommodated. Consequently, around 65%-70% of buses, and in some cases up to 80%, are now engaged in election duties, affecting both private and government bus operations in Howrah and Kolkata. The impact of bus shortages is felt across various routes, with significantly reduced bus frequencies and longer wait times for passengers. The West Bengal Surface Transport Corporation (WBSTC) has also been affected, leading to the deployment of air-conditioned buses as replacements on certain routes. Passengers lament the prolonged wait times and overcrowded buses, with some reporting delays of up to two hours for the next available bus. This disruption is expected to persist until polling concludes on June 2. Additionally, for the final round of voting, other authorities such as Lalbazar, local police stations, and the motor vehicles department are also requisitioning buses, further exacerbating the shortage in public transportation services. (ET Infra)

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