The BMTC and KSRTC bus strike has entered the second day and schools and colleges remain closed. Normal day-to-day life has been affected for many citizens across the state.
Employees went on an indefinite strike demanding a salary hike of 35 percent. The government has declined that offer saying 10 percent is what the government can afford. State Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy says that 35 percent hike is around 6,500 crore additional finances.
Not just the day-to-day life was affected, but also travellers and tourists visiting the state were affected as autorickshaws and cabs demanded extra money. The government also deployed over 90,000 additional cabs and buses to compensate the same.
Aa total of 23,000 buses were off the roads due to the strike and as many as 120 buses were damaged as miscreants pelted stones as part of the strike.
One sign of relief that came amongst all this tension was the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), which operated with an increase of frequency between trains.