Transport strike gets tepid response in Bengaluru

The BMTC and KSRTC buses, as well as Namma Metro, continued to operate. (DH Photo)

The strike called by Left-backed organisations received a tepid response in Bengaluru as public transport, as well as taxi and auto-rickshaws, continued to ply on Tuesday.

Several members of CITU-backed unions in KSRTC and BMTC, those associated with organisations like Auto-Rickshaw Drivers Union, took part in a protest at Town Hall.

Decrying the proposed Motor Vehicle Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017, as Union government's attempt to privatise the transport sector, they said several provisions in the bill are against the interests of crores of people who earn their livelihood through driving taxis or autos.

They also alleged that the proposal to relax the rules regarding taxi sharing will help aggregators at the cost of the hard working labours.

However, the strike had no effect on the public and private transport sector as local organisations expressed their inability to participate in a "strike called without any consultation or preparation".

The BMTC and KSRTC buses, as well as Namma Metro, continued to operate. There was no difference in app-based cab services provided by Ola and Uber. Some commuters complained that there were fewer auto-rickshaws on road but this "shortage" can also be attributed to the peak hour demand.

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