Private transport vehicles to be off Bengaluru roads on September 11
Operators of 9 lakh private commercial vehicles, including autorickshaws, airport taxis, maxi cabs, corporate vehicles, and buses, under the Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Association, representing 32 transport unions will participate in Bengaluru bandh.
The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Association, representing 32 transport unions, has announced a Bengaluru bandh on September 11 as the transport department failed to meet their 28 demands by August 31.
Nearly nine lakh private commercial vehicles, including autorickshaws, airport taxis, maxi cabs, corporate vehicles, and buses, will remain off the road in Bengaluru on September 11 as the federation has decided to go on strike in the city.
The federation members have planned a protest march from KSR Bengaluru Railway Station to Freedom Park.
The transport unions had met Minister Ramalinga Reddy on July 24, three days ahead of the scheduled protest on July 27. However, after Reddy assured them of meeting 28 out of the 30 demands by August, the federation had called off their protest. However, with the transport department snubbing them again, the federation has decided to go for a city-wide bandh.
“We had submitted a set of 30 demands to the Karnataka Transport Minister and we were assured that 28 demands will be fulfilled by August 30. However, the government has yet again failed to pay heed to our requirements,” Natraj Sharma, president of the Federation of Karnataka State Private Transport Association told reporters on Friday.
In fact, the transport union also made a new submission on Friday, requesting the government to introduce ‘one airport one fare scheme’.
“We indulged in multiple discussions with the government, but they were of no use. If the government has any intention to solve our problems and not cause any inconvenience to the public, a public meeting should be convened before September 11. Based on the meeting we will decide whether to go ahead with the strike,” said Sharma.
The transport unions’ body announced the protest in view of the rising financial loss incurred by the operators, with the implementation of Shakti scheme. The private operators lamented that with growing losses, bus owners could not pay their workers’ salaries, clear debts, pay taxes to the government, renew insurance and pay school fees for their children.
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