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Puri bus strike called off

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Puri: Private Bus Employees’ Association on Wednesday has called off their strike and the plying of buses of the respective have resumed. But the dispute between the Puri and Cuttack counterparts remained unresolved for which direct bus service between this pilgrim city and silver city yet remains hit.

Bus owners at Cuttack detained a number of Puri buses while some Cuttack owners’ buses were also detained at Puri. The employees alleged that they were abused at Cuttack. In protest, they stopped working for Cuttack-bound buses. They intensified their agitation further as the administration did not take any steps to address their grievance.

Plying of buses to all the routes including the tourist transport brought the movement to a grinding halt. Passengers, daily commuters and tourists were put to immense difficulty. On Wednesday, after discussions with the RTA and the district Superintendent of Police, the agitation was called off.

However, their original complaint of ill treatment and harassment by the Cuttack transport operators remains unaddressed.

State Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi has said that on April 7, a meeting will be held presided over by the Central Range IG. It will be attended by the police administration, RTOs of Cuttack, Puri and Bhubaneswar, office bearers of Nilagiri Motor Workers’ Association and other stakeholders. Efforts will be made to see that the passengers don’t suffer further due to such disputes.





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