Rail blockade called off, It’s difficult life for Mumbaikars

MUMBAI March 20, 2018: It was double whammy for Mumbaikars on Tuesday morning. If the Ola-Uber strike was not enough, the students blocking the railway track added to their woes. Lakhs of people were stranded and many office-goers had no idea how to reach their offices.

Media reports said as many as 30 trains, including locals, were cancelled on Tuesday.

However, later reports said that the strike was called off by the students following assurance from the railway authorities to the agitating students and railway minister Piyush Goel to look into their problems.

Since 7 am on Tuesday morning hundreds of students, demanding jobs in railways, stopped rail traffic, including suburban services between Matunga and Dadar stations, causing immense inconvenience to lakhs of commuters, a Central Railway official said.

The students blocked the rail track forcing railways to stop the suburban as well as express train in the affected section between Matunga and CSMT.

The official said the entire four lines were hit between Matunga and CSMT.

“There has been no recruitment since last four years. We are struggling from pillars to post. Over 10 students have committed suicide. We cannot let such things happen,” a student who was part of the protest said, the media report stated.

“We will not move from here until Railway Minister Piyush Goel comes and meet us. Our several prayers made to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Mumbai division have failed to yield any result,” another student said.

The strike of cab aggregators—Ola and Uber—has also made the life people in the financial capital of the country difficult.

The strike has been called by Maharastra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena, the transport wing of Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), said the reports.

Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena, the transport wing of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) claimed thousands of driver partners are supporting the strike.

The protestors are demanding better earnings and more monthly incentives as some are living a hand-to-mouth existence, said Naik.

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