The striking bus unions called off the protest after the Karnataka State government rescinded on its stand and agreed to a pay hike of 12.5% instead of 10%. However, Thursday also coincides with the Bandh call given over Mahadayi project case that was lost in courts by Karnataka.
“The strike has been called off, we have agreed to 12.5%,” said a union leader. The strike, which began on Sunday night, has paralysed the transportation in the state for three days with schools closed and roads virtually resembling no traffic, except private vehicles.
The overall loss stands at about Rs.50 crore. However, Bangalore city office-goers and students can feel relieved that the buses may resume by midnight of Wednesday and run as usual on Thursday morning, including the specials meant for schools and colleges.
Meanwhile, pro-Kannada organizations’ call for a Karnataka Bandh over Mahadayi water project on Thursday, July 28, may hamper some corners of the state but Bangalore is unlikely to remain shut after three days of protracted closure over BMTC strike. Moreover, with buses plying, it is unlikely to impact.
The Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KRV), Vital Kannada Paksha, Jaya Karnataka and others have called for state wide bandh on Thursday, planning rail and rastha rokho protests, after the case was lost in courts by Karnataka state government.