A look at the Tamil Nadu bus strike situation on Friday
Bus services of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation in many districts of the state were curtailed since Thursday night as crew members belonging to employees unions, which did not agree to the wage accord offered by the government, resorted to strike.
The strike, following failure of talks – on wage revision and clearance of pending dues – with Transport minister M.R. Vijayabhaskar, affected bus services in state capital Chennai, Madurai district, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli to a large extent since around 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Madras High Court refused to take suo motu notice of ongoing TNSTC strike, reports Mohamed Imranullah S. HC said it would hear case against ongoing TNSTC strike by 2:15 p.m., if a petition could be filed before that.
Chennai: With buses off the roads, many students went walking to schools and colleges this morning in the capital city, reports Sangeetha Kandavel.
Only 25% buses were operated from Tambaram, Chromepet, Alandur and Chengalpet depots, which include STC buses. Only destinations on main routes were covered by these buses. Places like Manimangalam, Sethupet, Malaipattu, Kuruvanmedu, Amarampedu, Nandambakkam were left at the mercy of share autos, reports T. Madhavan.
Kancheepuram: Skeleton services on prime routes from Kancheepuram was ensured on Friday morning much to the relief of office-goers who were affected by the commencement of the State-wide bus strike from Thursday evening
Ramanathapuram: Many commuters were stuck without a commute in Ramanathapuram on Friday.
Erode: With employees beginning their indefinite strike, buses were parked at the depot in Erode.
Coimbatore: Buses stopped operating from Singanallur, Ukkadam, Mettupalayam, Gandhipuram moffusil and town bus stands.
Tiruchirapalli: Sources in striking unions in Tiruchi claimed that some bus crew had brought the vehicles to the depots in Tiruchi region. TNSTC officials conceded a section of buses were returning to the depots and there was no instance of passengers being off-loaded midway.
In Pudukottai, buses headed to the depots at Pudukottai and Gandarvakottai after completing their trip without proceeding further. Passengers were caught unawares and were stranded at Pudukottai bus stand as the state transport corporation buses began to head to the depots.
Tirupur: From two depots in Tirupur, only 85 buses out of the total 163 buses in the fleet operated as of 11.00 a.m.
Salem: Private buses save the day for some passengers at Salem.
Vellore: Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation staff list their demands as CITU, HMS, AITUC, TTSF, PTS and LPF support the strike, seeking a minimum monthly salary of Rs. 19, 500.
Tirunelveli: Buses stayed off roads in Palayamkottai.