Aizawl: Vehicular traffic went off the roads in response to a 14-hour transport strike called by the Mizoram Road Transport Union (MRTU), the apex body of the state vehicle owners and drivers` associations today.
Public transport vehicles including city buses and
taxis did not ply in state capital Aizawl causing severe
hardship to commuters like government employees and students,
official reports said.
Classes were suspended in some private schools owing
to lack of transport facilities for students.
The MRTU called the bandh in protest against the
state government`s decision to hike the prices of petrol and
diesel by Rs 0.50 a litre to cover the losses incurred on
public distribution system (PDS).
President of the MRTU R. Lalhmunmawia said the
contention of the state government that the price of oil is
the lowest in Mizoram as compared to other states is not
tenable as the vehicles consumed more petrol due to the
difficult terrain and extreme bad condition of the roads.
The MRTU also protested scarcity of oil in the state
for weeks and the appalling condition of the roads.
Opposition Mizo National Front (MNF), Mizoram
People`s Conference (MPC), Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) and
the BJP extended support to the `chakka jam` call.