Although the truckers’ strike entered its third day on Wednesday without having any effect on essential commodities in the city, the situation may sour with private bus operators in the state planning to keep off the roads for two days.
The continuing strike may also affect the availability of fuel and may force taxis and autorickshaws to stop plying.
“All private buses, including those ferrying tourists and school children, will not ply on January 12 and 13. They have decided to support the strike,” said Prakash Gawli, president of the Maharashtra Vahatuk Mahasangh.
To worsen things, the city got only partial supply of diesel, petrol and CNG on Wednesday, following a strike by employees of public oil companies. “Taxis and autorickshaws will continue to run till they have fuel and will stop plying once their tanks are empty,” said AL Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taximen’s Union.
Speaking on the availability of foodgrain, Sharad Maru, president, Grains, Rice, Oilseeds Merchants’ Association, said: “Trucks from other states that started off before the strike was called are still coming in. Those from Punjab will come in two days. Besides, traders have stocks for a week.”