Nationwide protest receives mixed response in Mysuru

Mysuru/Bengaluru, January 8:- The two-day nationwide protest, which began today, called by labour unions, has received a mixed response.Ten labour unions have called for the bandh, opposing the anti-labour policies of the central government. The organisations have put several demands in front of the government.

The bandh has not received the expected response in the heritage city of Mysuru. KSRTC bus service has been introduced in and around the city based on passengers frequency. Divisional traffic officer of KSRTC Srinivas said that bus transportation is as usual and people are not put to hardships.

“We are gathering information on the ongoing protests everywhere. No unwanted happenings took place during the protest and this has enabled the buses to commute freely,” he added.

“Out of 3,300 buses, 60-70% are commuting. If there are more than 20 passengers to any destination, buses go to that place.  We have not heard of any attack on vehicles,” he informed.

Buses are plying to Chamarajanagar, Gundlupet, T Narasipura, Kollegala. However, bus services to Mandya, Bengaluru and Ramanagara have been stopped and many passengers were seen waiting for the buses. Police security has been tightened at the Mysuru KSRTC suburban bus station, KR Circle and other important places. Post Offices have remained closed and banking activities have also been disrupted. Deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar has already announced holiday for schools and colleges on Tuesday and said a decision would be taken regarding holiday on Wednesday by Tuesday evening.

Schools and colleges have remained closed in the city. Milk, ambulance services are normal. Cinema theatres are also functioning. Commissioner of Police Dr A Subramanyeshwara Rao has warned of action if anyone tries to close shops forcefully. DCP Dr Vikram Amathe and N Vishnuvardhan are also looking after the security.

Elsewhere, the response to the response is not up to the mark.  KSRTC buses stayed off the roads in most parts of the state, causing inconvenience to the people travelling to distant places, private buses, auto, taxi and metro services were available as usual.

Very few Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses were seen plying on the roads. Officials said passengers were also few in number as most of them were aware of the strike and have opted for other modes of transport. Two BMTC buses were pelted with stones by miscreants near Malleswaram, they said.

There were complaints about auto drivers charging exorbitant fares from passengers. Authorities said action would be initiated against such drivers.

Hotels, shops and establishments like malls and film theatres are functioning with their unions extending moral support to the strike. Bank services are likely to be disrupted.

Adequate security arrangement has been made to ensure that no untoward incident took place, police said.

Describing the strike as “illogical, irrational and politically-motivated” move called by “frustrated elements,” the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called upon the people to reject it and carry on with their daily activities. (MR/KS)

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