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Inter-State traffic paralysed for second day

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‘Goods carriers and buses will resume services from 5 a.m. on Friday’

Stir impact:A stranded passenger waits at Ukkadam bus stand in Coimbatore on Thursday following cancellation of Kerala-bound buses owing to the two-day nationwide strike. —Photo: M. Periasamy
Stir impact:A stranded passenger waits at Ukkadam bus stand in Coimbatore on Thursday following cancellation of Kerala-bound buses owing to the two-day nationwide strike. —Photo: M. Periasamy

For the second day on Thursday, inter-State traffic between Coimbatore and Kerala remained paralysed. With the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), State Express Transport Corporation (SETC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) not operating their fleets across the border, passengers resorted to train travel.

This was because of the two-day general strike call given by the trade unions in protest against the “anti-people, anti-labour and flawed economic policies” of the Centre.

Sources said TNSTC buses were operated only up to Walayar and Vezhandavazham on Tamil Nadu side, while the same situation prevailed at Anaikatti on the outskirts of the city, Meenakshipuram, Govindapuram, and Naduppuni in Pollachi.

The bandh in Kerala that evoked a complete response resulted in vegetables, milk and poultry products not going to that State.

Officials said that goods carriers and buses will resume services from 5 a.m. on Friday.

Staff Reporter adds from Krishnagiri: Normal life was not affected on the second day of the nation-wide general strike called by 11 central trade unions. However, banking services were hit and at many places ATMs of nationalised banks got dried up.

The strike call was given by trade unions including Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and All India United Trade Union Centre (AITUC).

A few autorickshaws remained off the road, while shops, hotels and business establishments functioned normally.

The small and tiny industries and big automobile industries in Hosur functioned normally during the two days.

Demonstration staged

In Krishnagiri, a massive demonstration was held before the Head Post Office. Over 30 members of the Tamil Nadu Government College Teachers’ Association staged a demonstration in front of the Government Arts College for Men in the town.

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