Bengaluru Metro strike called off, services resume after talks

Thousands of commuters were stranded as Metro stations across Bengaluru were closed in the wake of a protest undertaken by Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) staff members.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru | Updated: July 7, 2017 12:19 pm
Bengaluru metro, Bangalore metro, Metro protests Thousands of commuters were stranded as Metro stations across Bengaluru were closed. (File photo)

Metro services in Bengaluru resumed on Friday afternoon after talks between officials and Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) staff members. The strike was called off.

Thousands of commuters were stranded as Metro stations across Bengaluru were closed in the wake of a protest undertaken by BMRCL staff. Metro services were supposed to start at 5am but staff members temporarily suspended the service. Workers were protesting against the arrest of their colleagues on Thursday.

As per a report in The News Minute, a fight broke out on Thursday between employees of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and the Karnataka State Industrial Security Force (KSISF) constables, who were on duty at the Sir M Visvesvaraya Metro Station (Central College).

An FIR has been filed at the Halasuru Gate Police station against BMRCL employees, following which six workers have beeen arrested, the report said.

“The maintenance staff refused to run their belongings through the scanner while reporting to work every day. The BMRCL staff were of the opinion that they need not scan their belongings as they work there every day,” the Halasuru Gate Police informed The News Minute.

Chief public relations officer of BMRCL, UA Vasanth Rao, told TOI, “Metro staff are demanding release of their colleagues and decided not to attend work until then. We are trying to resolve the issue and resume train operations as early as possible.”

Around 3 lakh commuters are dependent on Namma Metro network, spread across 42kms in the city.

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