Groom walks 28 km to bride’s village due to drivers’ strike in Odisha it

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A groom had to walk for 28 km to the bride’s house as he could not arrange a vehicle due to the drivers’ strike in Odisha’s Rayagada.

Due to the drivers’ strike in Odisha, the groom and his family members had to walk 28 kilometres to reach the bride’s village in Rayagada district for the wedding as they could not arrange a vehicle.

According to reports, 22-year-old groom Naresh Praska of Sunakhandi panchayat in Kalyansinghpur block of the district was supposed to marry a girl from Dibalapadu village on Thursday. But due to the driver’s strike, they walked all night on Thursday from Sunakhandi panchayat under Kalyansinghpur block to the village.

The groom and his family, relatives and friends, including eight women, walked for 28 km and reached their destination at 3 am on Friday. However, the items needed for the marriage were sent on two-wheelers.

The video of the groom walking to his bride’s house has gone viral on social media.

As per the report by PTI, one of the family members of the groom said “No transport was available due to the drivers’ strike. We walked all night to reach the village. We had no other option.”

The marriage was solemnised on Friday morning. But the groom and all the relatives stayed at the bride’s place before the strike was withdrawn.


The Driver Ekta Mahasangh sat on an indefinite strike across the state from Wednesday demanding social welfare measures like insurance, pension, formation of a welfare board and others.

The strike by the drivers of commercial vehicles in Odisha was on Friday put on hold for 90 days following an assurance by the state government that all their demands would be fulfilled.


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