Public transport, truck strike hits normal life in Indore
Normal life was hit in Indore on Thursday as most public transport was off the road to protest against Central Government’s plan to introduce stringent road safety laws for drivers involved in road accidents. HT Correspondentindore Updated: Oct 01, 2015 21:03 IST
Normal life was hit in Indore on Thursday as most public transport was off the road to protest against Central Government’s plan to introduce stringent road safety laws for drivers involved in road accidents.
As many as 45 schools were shut down as school bus drivers also joined the agitation. Commuters had a tough time as private bus operators were not running intra-state buses and many people were stranded at city’s main bus stand.
To add to the misery, very few auto-rickshaws were plying and all the other public transport including vans were off the road. There were also reports of over-charging by auto drivers at some places.
“Our protest is against the government’s plan to amend relevant laws related to accidental deaths. The government proposes to increase both the fine and the jail term for drivers responsible for accidental deaths. The new laws will also make it mandatory to obtain bail from the court instead of the police station,” Mata Ahilya Bus Workers Union, Indore, president Saudagar Singh said.
However, most city buses of government-run AICTSL were running and all the 38 i-buses were also functional on the BRTS route. The passenger load on BRTS was significantly more than normal days, an AICTSL official said.
“Most city buses were running and except on certain routes no untoward incident was reported from any part of the city. Some miscreants did throw stones at certain routes, but it did not have any major impact on the operations. Our intra-state buses were also running except the one on Indore-Khanwa route,” AICTSL CEO Sandeep Soni said.
While the bus and taxi operators had called for a one-day strike, movement of goods was also affected as the transporters began an indefinite strike in support of their demands to reduce toll charges.
“We want the government to collect toll in advance for the 365 days. The formula could be worked out so that there is no revenue loss to the government. According to a study undertaken by a government body, petrol and diesel worth thousands of crores of rupees is wasted every year when vehicles stand stationary at toll booths,” Indore truck operator and transport association office-bearer Umesh Bassi said.
The truck operators are on indefinite strike and the resumption of services will depend on the breakthrough between union transport ministry and All India Truck Operators Association.
A prolonged strike will affect supply to wholesale markets and also impact raw material supplies and movement of finished goods out of industrial areas.
Meanwhile, transport of essential commodities including LPG cylinders and milk was unaffected.