A majority of public buses are off the roads for the third consecutive day as drivers and conductors continue their strike.
Bus services in Bellary, Hosapete, Sandur, Siruguppa, Kampli, Hagaribommanahalli, Kottur, and Harapanahalli have also been halted.
The bus charges are ₹ 65 ticket to travel between Hosapete-Bellary. However, private vehicles charged ₹ 150 to ₹ 200. It was also alleged that the autos were getting more money from passengers as city buses were not functional.
The protesting staff wants their jobs to be regularised and demanded to be considered as government employees. The employees’ main demands are they be brought under the government’s payroll, provided the same privileges and incentives as government employees, and compensation of Rs 30 lakh to transport workers who died during Covid duty.
The public continued to face hardships as Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) employees continued their agitation for the third straight day demanding the status of government employees.