Karachi, Public transport operators and goods carriers Tuesday observed wheel-jam strike in Karachi to protest recent hike in oil and CNG rates. The strike crippled life in Karachi making it difficult for citizens to make it to offices and schools.
A large number of people, especially office-goers, factory workers and students, were seen waiting at bus stops in the metropolis for buses, mini-buses and coaches as the public transport vehicles went off the road.
Many workers could not reach their factories due to transport strike while the attendance at offices was also thin. Commuters, mostly women at various bus stops, said this strike call by the transporters created problems for them.
Meanwhile, Karachi’s Board of Secondary Education postponed Tuesday’s paper for matric class in the wake of transport problem.
Goods transporters have also supported the strike, halting their goods and petrol supply to different cities of the country.
The transport owners urged the government to withdraw hike petroleum prices and allow them to increase fares.
The strike call was given last week by the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI), representative body of the city’s transporters. To express their solidarity with the KTI on the issue, a number of other transport associations supported the strike. Operators of all passenger buses bound for interior Sindh and trucks and trailers bound for upcountry destinations are also protesting.
The Rickshaws, Taxis, Yellow-cab Welfare Association (RTYWA) and the Inter-Provincial Bus Association also pledged full participation. However, the rickshaws and taxis continued to ply on city roads charging exorbitant fares.