Uttarakhand government, which was under stress since united forum of Uttarakhand roadways union had gone on hunger strike and announced would stop operating buses by may 25 as part of indefinite strike, has got sigh of relief when they called off its proposed strike. Now there would not be any hitches on char dham yatra. They have been told that state would launch massive drive against the illegal vehicles. With this assurance, Ved Prakash Mahawar who was sitting on a hunger strike at ISBT campus in Dehradun ended his strike with immediate effect. Initially government had announced that they would impose ESMA (essential service maintenance act) over them.
Worried by strike call given by all employee unions, the state administration swung into action on Wednesday morning, the employee union leaders were contacted and a meeting was convened at state secretariat in afternoon. In the meeting, the Principal Secretary, Uma Kant Panwar ordered the officials to launch a campaign against the illegal vehicles transporting passengers. It was decided that round the clock checking would he held on routes in Dehradun, Haridwar, Haldwani and Roorkee. Joint teams of RTO, transport department and police would be formed in this campaign against the illegal vehicles.
The General Secretary of the Uttarakhand Roadways Karamchari Union (URKU), Ashok Chaudhary told that an assurance was given and the unions were told that RTO and police station in charge concerned would be held responsible if any incident of plying of illegal transport vehicle is reported in the area of his jurisdiction. It was also decided to lodge police cases against those offering tickets on websites. It is estimated that the Uttarakhand roadways losses revenue to the tune of Rs 30 lakh per day due to the illegal vehicles.