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3,700 private school buses off Pune roads as part of nationwide strike

Pune Private school buses in the city are set to observe a one-day strike, as a part of a nationwide transport strike called from July 20, to protest against various issues including, constant hike in diesel prices; toll expenses; GST compliance issues; and practical problems with e-way bills.

pune Updated: Jul 20, 2018 15:06 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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According to officials, buses owned and operated by the schools will be allowed to operate.(HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Pune Private school buses in the city are set to observe a one-day strike, as a part of a nationwide transport strike called from July 20, to protest against various issues including, constant hike in diesel prices; toll expenses; GST compliance issues; and practical problems with e-way bills.

Rajan Junawane, vice-president, Private school bus association, said, “We are supporting the nationwide strike by the transporters. No school buses will run as we are observing a one-day strike. Either the school managements or the parents will have to manage on their own.”

At least 3,700 buses are part of the association and will be off the roads tomorrow.

He added, “In the city, we are only observing the strike for a day. A further course of action will be decided after that.”

Junawane also clarified that buses owned and operated by the schools will be allowed to operate.

Nitin Pawar, convenor of the Pune Rickshaw Panchayat, said, “It was the unanimous decision of all members of the panchayat to not take part in the nationwide indefinite strike. All the rickshaws will be operating tomorrow as usual.” 

School managements have issued notices informing parents of the situation.

The Bishop’s School in Camp, on Thursday morning issued a notice saying: “Private transporters have served notice that the drivers will be on a national strike by withdrawing all transportation services as of Friday. School buses will ply for those students availing of school transportation facilities. Others may kindly make arrangements for their own transportation.”

The All India Motor Transport Congress, the umbrella organisation of transporters, has called for the strike from 8 am on July 20.

First Published: Jul 20, 2018 14:49 IST