Pune: The private bus operators in the city will observe a day long strike on Friday to support a nation-wide strike to seek redressal of issues faced by transporters. All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) is spearheading the agitation.
Due to the strike about 14,000 school buses, company transport vehicles and intercity luxury buses will remain off the roads on Friday.
The Pune District Luxury Bus Association, the Pimpri Chinchwad Bus Owners’ Association and the Pune District Student Transport Association has announced their support to the agitation. They have warned the government that if their demands are not fulfilled, other associations too may go on an indefinite strike.
Rajan Junawane, vice-president of Pune Bus Owners' Association, said, “We want to minimise the hardship to the people and parents of school children hence we have opted for only one day strike.”
AIMTC has put forth several demands including reduction in petrol and diesel prices, revision of fuel prices every six months, waiving off of chassis excise duty, school buses to be exempt from toll tax and reduction of insurance installment amounts on vehicles.
“If the government does not respond positively, we may decide to call an indefinite strike too,” Junawane added.
PMPML to ply extra buses
PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Nayana Gunde said, “In order to provide relief to people, PMPML will ply extra buses on Friday. We have received information from the RTO and held an emergency meeting. The number of buses will be increased during rush hours such as school and office timings.”