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Private Transport Association Calls for Bengaluru Bandh on September 11

The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Association has declared a “Bengaluru bandh” for September 11 in which all private commercial vehicles will stop operating.

32 transport unions, including those for autorickshaws, buses, and taxis, are represented by the federation. A vacation has been declared at certain private schools in the city because of the bandh’s potential for disruption. BMTC, the state government’s transport agency, is reportedly intending to deploy additional buses for city commuters.

The federations’ protest is being expressed through this request for a strike after the state transport administration failed to comply with their 28 demands by August 31.

According to the sources, the federation had made a number of demands, including a complete ban on app-based aggregators, financial support of 10,000 rupees for each driver, low-interest loans, scholarships for the children of drivers, and a ban on bike taxis.

Private transport providers claim that the Shakti scheme, which offers free bus travel for women in Karnataka, has a major adverse effect on them. One of the five election promises made by the Congress administration was free transportation for women under the Shakti programme.

Over the past few months, the federation has been pleading with the government for assistance. They attended a meeting with Ramalinga Reddy, the transport minister, and asked that private buses be included in the Shakti programme and that they be given compensation for their losses.

With all the personal vehicles off the road tomorrow, Bengaluru would experience significant inconvenience. The walkout is also likely to include airport taxis, taxi aggregators, and private cab companies that provide services to corporate headquarters.

Ambulances, pharmaceutical vans, and essential goods-carrying vehicles will all continue to operate, nevertheless. There will also be functioning public transport, including BMTC buses and metro trains.

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Source: BusinessLine

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