Transport strike brings Kerala to a grinding halt

Major transport unions strike to protest Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill provisions and rise in petroleum prices

Thiruvananthapuram: Normal life was seriously affected in Kerala on Tuesday as public transport was unavailable following the strike by transport unions.

All major transport unions in the state participated in the strike to protest the provisions in the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, and the continued spike in petroleum prices.

The unions are also demanding a lowering of the insurance premium, claiming that higher premiums are eroding their earnings.

The state government-owned Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses also stopped plying on Tuesday, snapping the lifeline for ordinary commuters. Many commuters who arrived by train were left stranded at railway stations, with some of them being ferried by police vehicles to bus stations and city centres.

KSRTC unions decided to go on strike after their talks with managing director Tomin J. Thachankary failed. The KSRTC unions have raised a charter of 18 demands.

In the context of the strike call by transport unions, the Mahatma Gandhi, Kannur, Calicut and Kerala universities decided to reschedule their examinations that were to be held on Tuesday.

In some places in the state, autorickshaws plied and in the commercial capital, Kochi, Metro services were available.

Private vehicles plied across the state, almost completely unhindered by members of the striking transport unions.


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