Bhubaneswar: The All Odisha Private Bus Owners’ Association (AOPBWA) today threatened to launch a 24-hour bus strike in the State from March 14 protesting against non-fulfillment of their various long-standing demands.
The AOPBWA Secretary Debendra Sahu informed this while addressing a press conference here.
“The association decided to launch an indefinite strike from March 14 protesting the State government’s decision to ply city buses on long routes and increase in tax collection from bus operators,” Debendra Sahu said.
The association has already handed over a memorandum to the Transport Department of the government in this regard.
“The state government is planning to introduce 300 city buses in long route services across the State. We are demanding that the government should clearly inform us in which routes these buses will be introduced,” said Barada Prasanna Acharya, co-treasurer of the association.
Despite our repeated requests the State government did not pay any heed to resolve these issues. Therefore, around 6000-odd private buses will stay off roads across the State from March 14 for an indefinite period, he threatened.
Sources said the State government is planning to bring a bill in the assembly to increase tax collection, which has been strongly opposed by the association.
Notably, the association had in October 2017 threatened launch a similar kind of strike through out the state. However, it was withdrawn after the government assured to look into the demands.