The state government’s move of offering a bonus of Rs 500 per day for drivers who worked, seemed to have been in government’s favour, as many trainee drivers showed up for work on Friday.
While the unions threatened to continue the strike if their demands were not met, the trainee drivers, who have only a few months to become permanent employees, came forward to work.
On Friday, the BMTC managed to operate buses with the help of these trainee drivers. Although beefed up police security remained across many bus stands, these drivers were seen wearing masks to hide their faces as they feared they would be targeted by the unions.
Also, Bangalore Traffic Police and BESCOM offered vehicles to drop stranded passengers.
BESCOM’s vehicles were used to drop senior citizens and school children. There were also reports of depot officers being put on the field to maintain the services. Officers were seen issuing tickets in Shantinagar and Banashankari bus stands.
“We were asked by our managers to work on the field till the strike came to an end. We decided to help in whatever way we could. So we are doing the job of a conductor,” said an officer.
The KSRTC and BMTC is said to have incurred Rs 10 crore loss on Thursday alone.