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Udupi: Indefinite strike by buses, taxis, trucks from March 30

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Mar 20: Protesting against hike in insurance premia, regional transport office fee, and in pursuance of demand for toll-free India and other issues, Southern Zone Motor Transport Welfare Association has decided to go off the roads with effect from march 30. This was announced by president of Karnataka Lorry Owners Association president, G R Shanmugappa, at a press conference held at the auditorium of a private hotel here on Sunday March 19.

The press conference was held jointly by Karnataka Lorry Owners Association, Taxi and Maxicab Owners Association, Karnataka State Bus Owners Union etc. Those present at the press conference came down heavily on the state and central government for their anti-people policies. They stated that in support of various demands, drivers and owners of commercial vehicles in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala and Pondicherry will hold indefinite strike.

Shamugappa accused the government of permitting steep hike in insurance premium with the aim of benefiting private companies. He s aid that the associations will approach the central government with demands to bring down third party insurance premium, and to waive off toll charges. He also demanded for free passage for Udupi registration vehicles in the two tollgates in the district. He also said that the vehicle owners are opposing the decision to scrap commercial vehicles that are 15 years old.

He claimed that there has been an increase in the problem of private vehicles run as taxies in this and Dakshina Kannada district. "We also protest against this problem. We demand from the government to run government buses only to places where their need is badly felt. We also demand for uniform registration fees and taxes for all tourist vehicles in the states of south India," he stated. President of Karnataka State Bus Owners Union, Rajavarma Ballal, said that vehicular movement will be brought to standstill on March 30 to condemn policies of the government that are detrimental to the interests of vehicle operators. He demanded that the government should initiate dialogue process with the concerned immediately.

Karnataka State Taxi and Maxicab Union president, K G Raveendra, Canara Bus Owners Association general secretary, Kuyilady Suresh Nayak, district Lorry Owners Association president, Rajesh Kaveri and Mangaluru Lorry Owners Association representative, Kiran Shetty, were present.

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  • KOTIAN, udipi

    Tue, Mar 21 2017

    requesting govt. to pls. put extra buses on the day of strike, senior citizens & school going children will face difficulties due to ongoing strike.

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  • Lewis, udupi

    Tue, Mar 21 2017

    Thank you.. atleast we can drive safely

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    Don't worry they all will resume operations after 2 or 3 days.... We need to praise Siddu for that matter.....he has guts to face such strikes!!!!

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  • Leo, Hubli /Bantwal

    Tue, Mar 21 2017

    Well.said. Really whatever, Karnataka can't get a CM like Siddu Anna. He has guts. Private Buses want their Mafia and stop Govt. Buses. Central Govt. Doing their own ways. No one has any problems. Here State Govt. Doing their own things.

    End of the day we middle class and poor people are the sufferers.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    I agree with the indefinite strike by buses on march 30.But have we heard of the hike in liquor in the history of Mangalore or in other place.You go in the evening to a wine shop there is no place to sit nor to stand holding our glass.Did any organisation have come forward.In April it is going to increase once again let us see who will come forward to make a strike or atleast hold a protest.I dont think so

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  • Paul, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    Please stop all this bandh, don't create to.normal.working people. You association guys own your own vehicles.

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  • H.A.Sayed, Udupi- Muscat

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    Owners Association, in international market fuel prices down, why no strike on fuel prices

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  • Evans Christopher Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    I fully agree with your comments.

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  • Falcon, KKB Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    Y no strike on fuel price hike??

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    All transport system should be under one umbrella like single semi-government corporation like 'BEST' in Mumbai.
    No strike,no Competition only '40 KMH' speed, no innocent life loss because of the bus-owners benefits.
    Jai ho

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  • Flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Mon, Mar 20 2017

    All you wishes will be granted when Muthalik becomes CM of Karnataka . Kings used to rule INDIA , then Gandhis and future is for Yogis

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