Impact of yesterday’s strike on DU students

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Many were hit hard due to the one-day transport strike in the
Nation’s capital. The sole reason behind the strike was to protest against the heavy amount of fine charged under the latest amended Motor Vehicle
Act of 2019. The vehicles like Ola cab, Uber cab, autorickshaws, taxis, and commercial buses remained off road. Though the DTC buses and the
Metro remained uninfluenced.

The day to day activities of the majority of students is dependent on the commercial buses. The timing of the strike was from 6 AM till 10 PM on Thursday, which is the usual time for all students as well as the office goers. More than 50 transport unions took part in the strike making it difficult to find a single vehicle except for the packed DTC buses and overcrowded metro. It was also not possible to find the last mile commute from the bus stands and the metro stations. This resulted in students being late to college.

The students of The University of Delhi commute daily to the colleges via these local transport, taking metro daily isn’t feasible as many of them come from far off places like Ghaziabad, Palwal, Noida etc. Many schools and educational institutions were closed keeping in view of the strike but the colleges were still open and thus DU students were in a fix. Since the metro was overcrowded the students had to wait in a mile-long queue, what’s more, the main purpose of attending the lecture was defeated as students were way late than the time of commencement of the lecture.

Upon seeing the difficulties faced by the common-folks the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, has assured to look into the matter and find a solution as soon as possible.



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