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Roadways strike cripples bus services

UTTAR PRADESH State Roadways Transport Corporation employees blocked the movement of Roadways buses as part of their 24-hour state-wide ?chakka jam? agitation here on Tuesday.
By HT Correspondent | None, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2006 12:04 AM IST

UTTAR PRADESH State Roadways Transport Corporation employees blocked the movement of Roadways buses as part of their 24-hour state-wide ‘chakka jam’ agitation here on Tuesday.

The agitating employees are demanding merger of 50 per cent DA with basic pay, enhancement of retirement age to 60 years, payment of Fifth Pay Commission arrears, regularisation of ad hoc staff and appointment on vacant posts.

The employees did not allow even a single bus to come out from either of Zero Road, Civil Lines, Leader Road bus stations, workshops at Rajapur and Jhusi here on Tuesday.

The passengers had to face a lot of inconvenience in wake of the strike.

Considering the unity of striking staff, the UPSRTC officers’ alternative plans to run buses proved a damp squib. Under the Allahabad region, only 11 buses in Pratapgarh district came out on the roads while the strike in Mirzapur and Allahabad district was total. Employees’ union leader, Ramakant Tripathi, reiterated his stand not to allow movement of buses till the demands were conceded by the government.

In Varanasi, union leaders warned that if the State Government did not consider their demands soon, the employees would go on an indefinite strike from the midnight of August 15.

The leaders claimed the strike was 95 per cent successful in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation divisional general manager Ajay Singh said the corporation had ensured protection to buses whose drivers and employees did not join the strike. He admitted there were fewer buses on the road due to the strike and the Varanasi division of the corporation suffered a loss of about Rs 1 crore.

Basti 
The strike crippled UPSRTC bus services in Basti and Sant Kabir Nagar districts on Tuesday. People faced hardship in travelling to Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Delhi, etc. Taxi operators transported passengers to Gorakhpur, Domariaganj, Khalilabad, Bansi, Siddharth Nagar and other parts of Basti division. But, they overcharged passengers. PAC and police were deployed at the bus station to maintain law and order.

Pratapgarh 
Passengers  faced great difficulty in travelling to Faizabad, Allahabad, Lucknow and Jaunpur due to the strike.

Faizabad
Employees of the UPSRTC went on an indefinite strike in support of their demands. Roadways buses remained at the bus station since Monday night. A large number of passengers were stranded .

Gorakhpur
THOUSANDS OF passengers bore the brunt of the strike . Operation of buses from all  six depots in Gorakhpur division came to grinding halt.

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