The Bharat bandh had no impact in both the Telugu States as life was seen to be normal. The Telangana Mazdoor union also supported the strike but it did not take part in the bandh only in the interest of public. They said that the road safety bill would affect the RTC. There was mixed reaction for Bharat bandh, which was called by various trade unions and transport unions to protest against the proposed road safety bill, which the Central Government has been planning to introduce in the current Parliament session. The trade union leaders argued that the entire transport administration would be in the hands of Central Government once the bill is approved. Autos, taxies and lorry unions were supporting the stir. Fines will be imposed if the said bill is approved, said the workers’ unions.
AUTOS, CABS OFF
Main roads in principal cities were looking empty. Autos and taxi cabs remained stationary with the result that services at railways stations and bus stations came to a halt. The bandh impact was more in the States where the influence of Left parties was seen. Merchants, private and corporate companies were experiencing hardships as the daily transport of commodities was stopped. Nation-wide goods transport has come to a standstill. Even in Hyderabad metro city the public transport was affected. In city 1.25 lakh autos and 10,000 private vehicles were participating in the strike. But in both the Telugu States, the RTC remained aloof from the said strike, which provided a great relief to the commuters. However, in other States State Road Transport fleet remained in the depot itself.