Bus Operators End Strike; CM Assures Detailed Discussion

Thiruvananthapuram : The bus strike that crippled public life for past 4 days has been called off after a meeting held by Chief Minister on Tuesday assured to look into pending grievances soon enough.

In the meeting held this morning, the Bus Operators Association members spoke of financial crunch from arising fuel prices and burden of student concessions at present rates.

They submitted minimum fare of Rs. 10 and doubling of student ticket charges to resolve their crunch.

However CM Pinarayi Vijayan refused to take a final call on the matter saying detailed discussions will be held to address their needs later.

He cited the trouble public at large has been plunged into and insisted immediate withdrawal of strike as prelude to further talks.

Earlier, the Motor Vehicles Dept on Monday issued show-cause notices to several bus operators asking why their licenses, granted to run pre-determined routes at set timings, should not be cancelled.

Further, Transport Minister AK Saseendran too had warned operators on Monday, hinting legal measures govt could be forced to invoke including seizing of buses.

 

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