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Low-floor bus strike in Jaipur finally ends, buses to start running from tomorrow

Public transport in Jaipur will come back to life from Tuesday, as low floor buses will start operating. The difficulties faced by daily commuters during the strike will come to an end.

October 15, 2018, 4:07 pm

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Jaipur: The 29-day long low floor bus strike in Jaipur finally ended on Monday. The JCTSL employees union made the announcement and with this, 250 low floor buses will start running on the city roads from Tuesday. Public transport in Jaipur will come back to life from Tuesday, as low floor buses will start operating. The difficulties faced by daily commuters during the strike will come to an end. Rashmi Sharma, a Maharani College student, said that she was waiting for the strike to end. “I was not able to go to college. My studies were getting affected,” said the Muralipura resident. The low floor bus strike by the Jaipur City Transport Services Limited (JCTSL) employee’s union had been going on for approximately a month. More than 1000 employees were staging demonstrations. The administration didn’t make any efforts to end their strike and the public transport remained crippled in the city. The JCTSL operated 16 low floor buses in the city on October 10 and suspended 15 roadways employees for continuing with the strike even after the model code of conduct came into force in the state. Low floor buses were supposed to operate from Harmada Bus stop from 6:00 am on October 11, but this didn’t happen. The JCTSL administration issued a notice to the union employees to stop the protest after the enforcement of the model of conduct on October 9. But, the drivers continued their strike. The drivers were demanding salary hike as per the provisions of 7th pay commission, arrears in dearness allowance and bonus.

First published: October 15, 2018