BMTC, KSRTC Bus Strike Begins Today; Schools & Colleges Declared Holiday

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The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) have called in for an indefinite strike and the state government has declared two days holiday (Monday and Tuesday) to schools and colleges.

As many as 23,000 buses will stay off the road as the demand by workers to the government for wage revision did not go as expected. As many as 1.23 lakh workers from the transport sector have asked for a salary hike, and the government denied it.

What this will lead to is the increase in the number of private vehicles, auto rickshaws, and taxis on the road. Also, what the government has done to compensate is that they have roped in around 30,000 private buses and around 80,000 cabs to help people commute in the city.

Rame Gowda, the Transport Commissioner said, "We've asked Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, and other states to deploy as many buses as possible."

Auto rickshaws and taxis remain unaffected by the strike and will operate normally.

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Story first published: Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:39 [IST]
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