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Strike: RTC services unlikely to be affected

The nation-wide transportation strike called by the All-India Co-ordination Committee of Road Transport Workers’ Organisations on Tuesday is unlikely to affect life in the State.

Most transport operators have decided not to participate in the one-day strike called against “regressive provisions” of the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill and rise in the prices of petroleum products.

K.T. Rajashekar, president of the Private Bus Operators’ Association, said all private buses, both within the State and inter-State, would continue to run on Tuesday.

Even KSRTC Staff and Workers’ Federation has decided not to support the strike along with AITCU. In a press note, the federation said they will campaign with AITCU from August 8 to September 18 asking the government to protect workers.

Operations of Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses will also not be affected, BMTC officials said.

However, a few autorickshaws and taxis may go off the road. “A protest will be held at Freedom Park. The proposed Bill is regressive and will go against the interests of drivers,” said Revappa, member of the CITU.

Meanwhile, the CPI(M), extending support to the strike call, said the demands raised are genuine and the government must favourably consider their proposals.

Private taxis

Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners’ Association president K. Radhakrishna Holla said private taxi operators will not participate in the strike. Taxi services will be available.

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