Nationwide Transport strike rains trouble for commuters across Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Buses and heavy vehicles kept off roads across the state in view of the nationwide strike called by the Transport Workers’ Federation today.

Parents and students in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack had a harrowing experience as school buses discontinued their services for the day.

“We received a text message from the school saying that the buses won’t ply due to some strike and that we should be making our own arrangements. It is difficult for working parents like me and the rains have definitely added to the woes,” said Pitambar Sethi, a parent.

Office goers too had a tough time reaching to their destinations as private buses remained off roads.

“I got an auto rickshaw after almost 30 minutes and the one I got charged me almost double the usual amount. But I had no options, “said Preeti Sahoo, a company executive.

The transportation of goods and other essential commodities is also likely to get disrupted due to the strike, said sources.

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Notably, the All Odisha Transport Workers’ Federation had extended its support to the 24-hour nationwide transport strike. Several other trade unions have also backed the strike tomorrow to press for withdrawal of decision to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.

The Nikhila Odisha Taxi and Auto Rickshaw Association has also pledged their support to the nationwide strike.