The ongoing BMTC, KSRTC and other RTC unions continuing their two-day strike into an indefinite strike, the government tried to push the trainees and mechanical engineers to run some skeletal bus service with no relief for commuters. Many schools have taken pre-emptive action declaring a third day holiday on Wednesday too.
While many office-goers are given the option to work from home, those who commute on their own have made the offices nealy full in the city though roads have remained less congested and the traffic woes coming to an end for ordinary people.
Private buses are seen plying in different parts of Bengaluru and in the outskirts, while bus depots of Shanthinagar, Majestic, Shivajinagar, and Satellite Bus Depot are seen plying the buses with minimum staff.
The All India Trade Union Centre (AITUC) said the unions had not called off the strike. The Karnataka government has threatened to invoke the ESMA if the strike is not called off after a cabinet meeting at 4 PM on Tuesday failed to accede to their demand to hike salaries by 30%, which it termed as huge burden on the government.
The total staff of 1.25 lakh of the four state-owned transport corporations have been staging total shutdown of bus services in the state and Bangalore since Monday and it is likely to enter the third day without any silver lining as no talks were held with the unions so far after Monday.
While the state Higher Education Minister Basavaraj Rayareddy said the schools will not be given a holiday on Wednesday, some schools have suo moto decided to remain shut. Unless the deputy commissioners of every district issue a special order declaring a holiday, the schools have to open but some of them have taken a pre-emptive action informing the students that the holiday would run into the third day as well. Many other schools have opted for a wait-and-watch stance.
However, some schools in Bangalore have decided to close on their own and have sent SMS messages to students and parents accordingly. So, if you haven’t received the message, you have to send your ward to the school, otherwise, check with school authorities.