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Low-floor buses strike in Jaipur affects 1.5 lakh commuters

Strike by low floor bus drivers has thrown public transport out of gear. Nearly 1.5 lakh people commute in low floor buses in the city daily. After Rajasthan Roadways employees went on a two-day strike in the state, the movement of low floor buses came to a standstill in the city.

July 25, 2018, 11:51 am

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Police force at Sindhi Camp after Rajasthan Roadways employees go on strike.

Jaipur: Strike by low floor bus drivers has thrown public transport out of gear. Nearly 1.5 lakh people commute in low floor buses in the city daily. After Rajasthan Roadways employees went on a two-day strike in the state, the movement of low floor buses came to a standstill in the city. Rajasthan Roadways strike began at midnight. With roadways, low floor transport too will go romping and buses will not run on streets on Wednesday till tomorrow midnight. All the 300 drivers of 210 low floors will be on strike for two days until the point that the administration won't meet their demands. This strike will influence in excess of 10 lakh individuals and loss of 5 Crore rupees daily in Rajasthan. Low floor transports are the every day drive for bunches of individuals in the city and this strike will influence them at more prominent level. As indicated by Harish Goswami, Genaral Manager, JCTSL, there was no information of strike. Yet, in the event that it will happen, they will run transports from Sanganer Bus Depot to various routes progressively. Worker's association head, Arjun Laal meena said that, they have given a list of 20 demands to government on June 25, yet no one paid any heed. They gave a notice to the government about the strike on July 10, but the government still didn’t respond. Chief Secretary of Rajasthan, D.B Gupta held a meeting with senior transport and Rajasthan Roadways officials on Tuesday evening and discussed 13 of their demands. The government announced to pay 10 % of the arrears to current and retired employees, by August 18. He asked for protestors not to go on strike as it will affect lakhs of commuters.

First published: July 25, 2018