Bengaluru, Karnataka: The capital city Bengaluru and other major districts of Karnataka were badly hit as the transport strike entered day two on Thursday. The South Western Railway (SWR) has deployed additional trains to help the commuters.Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa spoke yesterday urging leaders of the transport corporations to call off the strike immediately saying that most of the demands put forth by them have already been fulfilled, while some of them needed approval from the Central government, report Times Now's Deepak Bopanna."Transport employees have given a call to go on strike from Wednesday, the chief minister held a discussion in this regard, we are requesting employees not to go on strike keeping Covid-19 situation in mind. They had nine demands, eight of them have been fulfilled and implemented," chief secretary P Ravi Kumar had said on Wednesday.#NewsAlert | Karnataka: Indefinite strike of state transport staff over non-payment of salaries & salary revision enters day 2.
Deepak Bopanna with the latest updates. pic.twitter.com/TidTJKRDz8Commuters were left stranded at bus stations across the city as drivers and conductors of road transport corporations began their indefinite strike over non-payment of salaries and wage-related issues on Wednesday. Private buses, maxi cabs and other transport services were seen operating in different parts of the city, coming to the rescue of stranded passengers.Several meetings were held previously with transport association and organisation with the transport minister, state Deputy Chief Minister and also with Chief Minister, but nothing fruitful emerged.Meanwhile, several universities in the state have postponed exams because of the transport strike. At some places there were complaints about private services including buses, autos and cabs charging exorbitantly, taking advantage of the transport strike.