Normal life has been affected in various parts of Assam following the day-long strike called by the All India Motor Transport Congress today (Aug 7). Transport organizations had called the nation-wide protest against the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill that was approved by Lok Sabha in 2017.
Although private-run city buses kept off the roads in Guwahati in the wake of the shutdown, cab services and ASTC-run buses were seen ferrying passengers to their respective destinations. However, the impact of the strike has not been as severe as it had been on earlier occasions.
“A few buses are plying in Guwahati. ASTC-run buses and private cabs are ferrying passengers while private city buses are keeping off the roads. The common man is facing some difficulties but the impact of the bandh has not been that severe,” Rajen Nath, a commuter who was waiting at a bus stop in Ganeshguri, told News Live.
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Private long-distance buses also kept off the roads.
“I need to go to Lakhimpur. But there’s no bus available. Let’s see what I can manage?” a woman passenger said at Khanapara.
The strike also evoked mixed response in other places across Assam as local transport bodies extended support to the shutdown.