**Berhampur: ** The Berhampur bus stand witnessed a chaotic situation on Sunday morning after private bus operators cancelled bus services from Berhampur protesting the shifting of the old bus stand to Haladiapadar area located on the outskirts of the Silk City in Ganjam district.
While over 700 hundred buses registered with Ganjam District Private Bus Operators Association remained off the roads as a part of the strike, buses run by Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) along City Buses continued plying on the roads during the protest and remained as the lone hope for passengers.
While the district administration had earlier conveyed its decision to the private bus operators to shift the old bus stand to the newly constructed modern bus terminus located at Haladiapadar area on the outskirts of the Berhampur city, the date of starting of bus service from the new terminus had been scheduled for July 1. However the private bus owners’ association called for a strike late last night raising infrastructure issues at the new terminus.
The private bus owners’ association also alleged that the administration is in a hurry to start the operation without making proper security arrangements at the new bus terminal.
The bus owners’ association is scheduled to hold a talk with the district administration at around 12 pm on Sunday on the issue.
Earlier on Saturday, members of small traders’ association gheraoed residence of MLA Ramesh Chandra Chyau Patnaik in Berhampur protesting the city bus terminal’s relocation. They also demanded the administration to make arrangements for rehabilitation of 200 traders while shifting the bus terminal and wrote to the MLA and BDA (Berhampur Development Authority) Chairman.
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