Agitating for a pay hike, the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) employees continued their strike on third day as well. This because talks between the stakeholders failed to break the deadlock. The talks were held between Transport Minister Diwakar Raote and MSRTC officials as well as union representatives but could not secure any successful outcome. Owing to the stir, which started on October 16 midnight, passengers across the state continued to face hardships in travelling to their hometowns in the festive season.
Raote, along with officials of the corporation, held several rounds of meetings yesterday with union representatives. However, these meetings failed to break the deadlock.
Raote later said, “Union representatives put forth the highest-ever proposal to increase the salary. Their (pay hike) demand is so hight that it is not possible for the MSRTC to accept it.”
The minister once again appealed to the striking staffers to resume duty taking in account the plight of long- distance passengers.
Several stranded passengers took trains to reach their destinations. The Central Railway has added a few additional unreserved coaches in Matsyagandha Express, Mangalore Express and Tutari Express for the benefit of passengers.
“The Central Railway has decided to attach additional unreserved coaches in Lokmanya Tilak Terminus-Mangaluru Matsyagandha Express, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus
Mangaluru Jn Mangalore Express and DadarSawantwadi Tutari Express to clear the extra rush of passengers due to the strike, a senior CR official said.