In anticipation of the indefinite strike threat from the Metro Union recurring, the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has written to the Centre asking it to urgently notify all Metro Railway Services as ‘Essential Services’ under the Central Government’s Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).
The state government had already brought the Bangalore Metro Rail Service under its ESMA through a notification on March 12, shortly before the first call for indefinite strike was given last month. In the letter written on April 21 by BMRCL Managing Director Mahendra Jain to the Urban Affairs Secretary in New Delhi, Mr.Jain had urged Centre for issuing such a notification under Section-2(1) (a) (XVii) of ESMA 1981.
Metro railway services have become indispensable in assisting commuters to reach their destination. It has also helped in reducing traffic congestion and pollution. “Therefore, it is in the national and public interest to see that Metro Railway Services are not disrupted even for a single day by employees resorting to strike.” At the time of passing of ESMA, the concept of Metro Railway Services did not exist. Read More