Transport strike today, DTC seeks police help

Students and office-goers might face problems on Wednesday, with several transport unions deciding to back a two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions.

The unions are pressing for, among other things, urgent steps to check price rise and enforcement of labour laws.

Gearing for the strike, the Transport department has cancelled leave for all employees to ensure adequate bus services.

The DTC has also requested Delhi Police to deploy sufficient personnel near its depots, bus terminals and main bus stops to ensure the safety of vehicles and passengers.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said the DTC had taken all preventive and safety measures to avoid any untoward incidents and provide smooth public transport to passengers.

"Commuters will be allowed to carry their luggage in buses bound to and from railway stations and ISBTs. Bus crews have been instructed to halt the buses properly and pay attention to senior citizens, the sick and women passengers," Goswami said.

According to the Transport Minister, extra contract carriage buses and maxi-cab buses have been hired to make up for any shortfall. All DTC unions have announced that they would not be part of the strike.

The minister said around 1,000 RTV and other tourist buses would ply on DTC routes on Wednesday and Thursday. These buses have been allowed to ply on DTC routes as a special service. The buses would display DTC routes and charge DTC fares.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Contract Bus Association, which had threatened to withdraw bus services provided to schools from March 1, will no longer do so. The association members met with Goswami on Tuesday to sort out the matter.

The association had earlier claimed that it cannot meet five out of the 23 new permit conditions laid down by Delhi government.

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