Bangalore Strike is on board now. No matter whats strikes are unstoppable by anyone. If you commute by Autorickshaw or cab, then keep an option ready for Tuesday as the nationwide strike called by the All India Motor Transport Organisation is likely to disturb transport operations to an extent in Bangalore City.
Some autorickshaw and cab driver unions have decided to stay off the road from 6 AM to 6 PM. About 1,5 Lakh autos in Bangalore will not operate; other unions, too, have, extended support to the protest”, said Rudramurthy, general secretary, auto drivers union.
The protestors are demanding withdrawal of the Motor Amendment Bill, and hikes in insurance premium and fuel prices. They will stage a demonstration in front of Town Hall at 10 am and March till FreedomPark.
Government – run Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation, Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation and Namma Metro will function as usual. KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation, Backed by All India Trade Union Congress, is not participating in the strike.
Unions like Bangalore Tourist Taxi Operations Association and Federation of Karnataka Taxi Drivers Associations, a conglomeration of 34 taxi drivers associations, said vehicles driven by its members will pay. Karnataka School Vehicles and Light Vehicle Association will extend moral support to the protest.
Taxi operators association president Radhakrishna Holla said the proposed amendment to the act will lead to liberation of transport. Due to this “ We need one nation, one tax. At present, each state has a different law and it is tourist operations who are burdened with 1600 RTO check-posts across the country”, He adds.
“We weren’t consulted when the protest was planned. We convened a meeting of our affiliate associations and decided to not take part”, said Murthy Girinagar. He is a state convener,FKTDA, which has over 65,000 taxi drivers as its members.
Tanveer pasha, former president of JD( S ) – backed Ola, TaxiForSure, Uber Driver’s and Owner’’s Association, said his union members will stay off Roads. Hence, the protest will not inconvenience students and tourists. “ We have exempted tourist and school vehicles from the strike”, Pasha says.
As a result, we advice parents to drop and pick up their children to school.