Bengaluru Bandh Today: The Federation of the Karnataka State Private Transport Associations has called for a ‘bandh’ that could disrupt the city’s transportation services on Monday. Here are the key points:

  1. A federation consisting of 32 private transport associations has called for a ‘bandh’ in Bengaluru, which may result in the suspension of various private transportation services.
  2. This strike is expected to last from midnight on Sunday to midnight on Monday.
  3. Some schools in the city have decided to declare a holiday on Monday, as private maxi cabs, frequently used by school children, may not be available during the bandh.
  4. Commuters heading to the airport may need to find alternative transportation options.
  5. The federation has called for the bandh to demand a ban on bike taxis and request the extension of the Shakti scheme. The Shakti scheme currently provides free bus rides to women on state-run transport buses, and private transporters are seeking its extension to private buses.
  6. Private transporters claim that the Shakti scheme has adversely affected their businesses, and despite multiple discussions, the state government has not addressed their demands.
  7. Approximately 7 to 10 lakh vehicles, including autos, taxis, airport taxis, maxi cabs, goods vehicles, school vehicles, stage carriages, contract carriages, and corporate buses, are expected to participate in the bandh.
  8. As part of the bandh, a protest march is planned from Sangolli Rayanna Circle to Freedom Park in the city.
  9. The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will increase bus services within the city and to Kempegowda International Airport to minimize inconvenience for the public during the bandh.
  10. Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy has expressed the government’s willingness to engage in discussions with the federation and is taking measures to minimize public inconvenience during the strike.

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