Speed governors: Ktaka transporters strike called off as SC stays HC order

Bangalore, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 06:36am hrs
Transporters of commerical goods in Karnataka called off their indefinite stir on Tuesday, following the Supreme Court staying the Karnataka High Court order, making installation of speed governors in commercial vehicles mandatory.

We have decided to call off our strike in the wake of Supreme Courts decision to stay the High Court order, B V Narayanappa, secretary of Federation of Karnataka Lorry Owners Agents Association, told PTI here.

In fact, during our meeting with Union minister for shipping and surface transport T R Baalu at New Delhi on Monday, he understood our problems in installing speed governors and assured us that we would get justice from Supreme Court, which has been done, he said.

About 7.5 lakh commercial vehicles, incuding private cabs, went off the road from midnight of February 22, protesting against making installation of speed governors mandatory.

The Karnataka High Court on February 12 directed the state to ensure that all commercial goods vehicles including maxi-cabs are fitted with speed governors by June 30.

The transporters claimed that while the cost of speed governors is around Rs 3,000 in Delhi, it is as high as Rs 16,000 in Karnataka. Further, it was not mandatory for vehicles from other states to be fitted with the device which created practical problems for such vehicles entering Karnataka. (PTI)

Regular office-goers and employees of BPOs, IT and BT firms, using private transport on a regular basis, have welcomed the strikes withdrawal.

Meanwhile, junior doctors of the state-run Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital and their counterparts supporting their strike, on Tuesday suspended their stir and resumed work following the Karnataka Governors warning that action would be taken against the doctors who failed to report work.

All the 80 junior doctors at Bowring hospital and their counterparts in other hospitals supporting the strike have resumed work, S Rajanna, RMO, Bowring Hospital, told PTI.

However, the doctors have decided to sport black badges till their demands are conceded, the RMO said.

The doctors of the hospital had resorted to a strike on February 21 after relatives of a pregnant woman, who had died during delivery, assaulted the doctors and para-medical staff, holding them responsible for her death. The doctors had received support from their counterparts in the state and four hospitals attached to the Bangalore Medical College.

Following the incident, the doctors had demanded that an ordinance on the lines of the one in Andhra Pradesh be passed whereby an assault on doctors and para-medical staff was considered a cognisable offence. Their demands also included enhanced security to the staff as well as action against those guilty in the assault case.

The doctors had decided to withdraw their stir on Sunday night following an assurance from the Governor that their demands would be looked into. However, reneging on their promise, the doctors refused to report for duty on Monday morning, demanding that these assurances be given in writing.

Taking stern view of their volte-face, the Governor had issued a warning yesterday that punitive measures would be taken against the junior doctors and PG students if they failed to resume duty by Tuesday morning.