Even though a majority of transport and civic services are likely to remain unaffected during the two day nation-wide bandh, you may find many parts of the city strewn with uncollected garbage.
The reason: conservancy staff members will be participating in the strike on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Essential services such as water supply and health services won’t be affected, but we have the support of workers from all BMC departments,” said Baba Kadam, leader, Mumbai Mahapalika Karmachari-Kamgar Sena.
All public sector banks will also be a part of the shutdown. “We demand liberalised rules for the banking sector. The Central government has formed anti-people, anti-labour and neo liberal economic policies,” said CH Venkatachalam, general secretary, All India Bank Employees’ Association.
Commuters may face a little trouble on the first day of the strike, as the BEST Kamgar Sena has announced its decision to participate in the bandh.
“We will resume work on Thursday because of the Class 12 exams,” said Suhas Samant, president, BEST Kamgar Sena.
A majority of the transport unions, one of the biggest municipal workers’ union, the Municipal Mazdoor Union, private sector banks, retail and wholesale traders have decided to stay away from the bandh.
“We have directed all our unions not to participate in the strike. All civic hospitals, transport buses, water supply, civic-run crematoriums will run normally,” said Sharad Rao, president, Municipal Mazdoor Union.
Also, the strike won’t affect availability of fruits and vegetables as all five markets in the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), Vashi, will remain open.
“We are supporting the strike as we are against the FDI policy. But we can’t afford to suffer more losses,” said Kirti Rana, director, APMC.
“The supply of fruits and veggies will remain unaffected,” said Prakash Gavali, president, Maharashtra Rajya Truck, Tempo, Tankers Bus Vahatuk Mahasangh.