Govt buses off roads across Karnataka as staff launch indefinite strike, commuters stranded

The transport department gave the green signal for private buses to ply as an alternative. There were also long queues of passengers at Metro rail stations.

Published: 07th April 2021 02:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2021 02:37 PM   |  A+A-

KSRTC & BMTC bus stands at Bengalur's Majestic have a few private buses plying as staff of govt buses have gone on strike demanding pay revisions and more (Photo: Meghana Sastry)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: Buses of all four transport corporations were off the roads from Tuesday evening, leaving many commuters stranded in Karnataka.

The strike was announced by drivers and conductors of unions from BMTC, KSRTC, NEKSRTC and NEKSRTC on Monday. According to unions: "The protest will continue indefinitely as the government has not met our demands for the last 115 days. We agree that people are inconvenienced but they should think of us also. Already the government has started to implement salary cut. But they should not forget that we have been getting only half salary so far."

In the meantime, the transport department gave the green signal for private buses to ply as an alternative. But it could not replace the services of government operated buses completely. Many commuters were stranded at bus stands and Majestic, Yeshwanthpur, Mysuru Road and other bus depots in Bengaluru.

The situation was the same in other parts of the state too. Those traveling to and from other districts for work or on daily basis were a worried lot.

In the absence of bus services, there were long queues of passengers at Metro rail stations including Majestic, Yeshwanthpur and other places.

Auto drivers were making the most of the opportunity by charging double for short distances. Ola and Uber taxi services were also running as per their bookings.

As the day progressed, the transport department issued a circular stating that they had decided to make temporary alternative arrangements to the Motor Vehicle Act where reduced charges be levied for issuing licences and insurance to private vehicles so that they can run till government buses are back on the roads. Transport officials said this was essential as many private vehicle owners had surrendered their licences after the lockdown as they couldn't make ends meet during the pandemic.

Some residents, who were aware of the protest, had made alternate arrangements to reach their workplaces, while others decided to work from home.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp