No BEST Buses, Incidents of Vandalism: Bharat Bandh Hits Services Across India, Know What's Happening in Your City
The bandh has disrupted normal life as transport, bank and other services have been affected in several cities.
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The second day of the two-day nationwide general strike is likely to disrupt normal life as transport, bank and other services have been affected in several cities. The bandh has been called by 10 trade unions across the country against what they believe are "anti-labour policies of Modi government". Workers from the power, steel, auto, and financial services sector will participate in the 'historic event'.
Most private schools announced that they will remain closed today. Karnataka government has given indirect support to the bandh. Almost all state-run institutions, except hospitals, have been shut down. According to initial reports, the Karnataka roadways lost nearly Rs 5.40 crores due to bandh on Tuesday as incidents of vandalism were reported from some area. A 57-year-old woman also collapsed and died during the protest.
DK Private Bus Operators' Association President Dilraj Alva was quoted as saying by Deccan Herald that the buses would operate if the crew members report to work on both the days. "The drivers and conductors on a few bus routes have decided not to support the bandh," he told DH after a meeting of private bus operators held in the city. Autorickshaw unions, taxi operator associations affiliated to left parties and street vendors association have extended support to the nationwide bandh. Majority of the private buses were seen carrying a sticker alerting the public about the bandh planned on January 8.
Engineers, operators and linesmen of Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL), the state-run power distribution company, Mahagenco and Mahatransco are also on strike, which could affect restoration of power cuts/outages. It may also affect power generation and transmission. Meanwhile, Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) buses has not been plying even today as nearly 35,000 workers are on strike after talks with the management failed.
Kerala State Road Transport Corporation is not operating in the state, while train services have also been delayed and disrupted due to the bandh called by trade unions. According to initial reports, trains were blocked in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode.
Schools, colleges, universities and Anganwadis across the state have been shut in view of the bharat bandh call given by different trade unions. According to a local report, the Odisha government has asked employees of the state secretariat and the heads of departments to reach office around 9.30 am today.
The state government has said that its employees would be barred from availing casual leave or any half-day leave on Wednesday. Nearly 500 additional buses would ply on Kolkata roads to avoid inconvenience to residents. Police have taken all measures to foil any untoward incident during today's strike, the government said. Private bus owners and taxi associations and app-based cabs have decided to take out vehicles on the roads like normal days. According to a senior official at the state police department, extra police personnel would be deployed in and around the city.
The Mamata government has asked bus drivers to wear helmet while driving, in view of the nationwide strike. Meanwhile, supporters of bharat bandh have squatted on tracks as a part of rail roko. A bus was allegedly attacked in Howrah, injuring school students, while Jadavpur's 8B bus stand has been affected.
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