Assam Northeast

72-hour strike called by upper Assam private transport operators, passengers faces immense problem

People are facing immense problem in upper Assam owing to 72- hours strike called by private transport operators from Monday.

The strike or “Chakka bandh” was confined to the nine upper Assam districts of Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji and Lakhimpur.

The United Private Transport Owners’ Association and several other private transporters bodies had called the strike over various grievances which were mostly related to the Covid related guidelines to transport operators issued by the state government.

On Monday, a few buses coming beyond the upper Assam districts were forcibly stopped at some places by the agitating bus  operators but were later allowed to carry on their journey.

On August 13, the state government had issued fresh guidelines allowing city buses and other public transport vehicles were allowed to operate with 50% capacity.

“We are facing immense problem to run our family because due to lockdown our business has been hampered. There was no assistance from the government for private transport owners or staff who faced tremendous hardships during the period. We demand assistance from government,” said a owner of a private bus.

Meanwhile, the passengers are facing problem due to the Chakka bandh because they have to move from one area to others for job related issues.

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