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Private bus operators are also likely to join truckers and transporters in their nation-wide indefinite strike to press for their demands.
“Our strike will enter Day 5 on Monday and there is a possibility of bus operators, too, joining us later this week. They may keep buses off roads starting from Tuesday or Wednesday, but we are not forcing them for it,” said Amrit Lal Madan from All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).
In Mumbai, private bus operators going on strike would also mean school buses, too, staying off the road. The School Bus Owners Association is likely to hold a meeting on Monday with school authorities and parents to discuss about the issue. They may join the strike from Wednesday onwards.
Meanwhile, a meeting is scheduled on Monday with Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways to end the stalemate. Some of the demands of truckers and transporters are paying an annual amount for toll instead of paying it at every toll point, increasing the restriction of heavy vehicles from 10 years to 15 years to ply in Delhi, among others.
As per the estimates of AIMTC in the initial three days of the strike there has been a loss of about Rs 3,700 crore and the government has lost to the tune of Rs 20,000 crore by way of various taxes and levies.
Luckily, supply of essential commodities are being allowed. “Gradually and voluntarily even transporters of essential goods are joining our agitation and if this continues very soon the supply of essential commodities to the public would be affected,” added Madan.