As Karnataka is beset with transport strike for over three days with no signs of relief, many schools have decided to go ahead and open on Thursday. Even the deputy commissioners who issue holiday have decided to let schools open and see the situation.
To begin with many Bangalore schools with their own private bus service have decided to pick up students, while those which depend on BMTC-chartered buses to bring and drop students will have to make alternative arrangements or leave it to students and parents to make their own arrangements.
The Karnataka government has, meanwhile, prepared the ground to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) under which it is obligatory for striking employees to resume service or face disciplinary action, including dismissal from the service.
The indefinite strike called by employees of KSTRC and BMTC, NEKRTC and NWKRTC causes about Rs.17 crore daily. Government is likely to accede demand for a hike of up to 12.5%.
In a unique experiment, students of Shri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain University were provided classes online via Twitter on Monday and Tuesday, making use of Periscope, the live video broadcast app by Twitter.
The Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has increased the frequency of trains to every 5 minutes, instead of 15 minutes.
“The strike should be an eye-opener to those in the government and bureaucracy for the need to finish the Metro project as early as possible, to lessen the dependency on city buses,” said a woman employee.