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Industrial strike

Duration: 24 hours, from 6 am on Wednesday

Sponsor: All Left trade unions, led by Citu. Though unions like the Congress-controlled Intuc and BJP-led BMS are not supporting the strike, they are not directly opposing it, either. So, the strike here is expected to take the shape of a Bangla bandh.

Cause: To protest the “anti-people’’ economic policy of the Central govt.

What’s off: Almost all educational institutions will remain closed — universities, colleges and schools have declared suspension of classes and examinations.

Road transport: As most transport workers, including drivers and conductors, are Citu-controlled, most buses, minibuses, taxis, autos and goods vehicles should steer clear of the streets. Vehicle owners admitted on Tuesday that they would not be able to operate for want of drivers and conductors.

Shops: As the strike has been called by the ruling coalition, most shops and establishments are expected to down shutters.

Railway: Though the authorities said they would try to operate both local and long-distance trains, a large section of railway employees will take part in the strike and party supporters could block the tracks at terminal stations. The Metro, too, could suffer the same fate.

Flights: Though Jet Airways has cancelled all its 11 flights, Air Sahara authorities said they would try to operate flights. Indian Airlines said it would operate flights depending on the “situation at the ground level’’.

Government offices: Likely to be deserted. The chief secretary, however, has issued a circular saying that the offices will remain open for willing employees.

What’s on: Hospitals, fire brigade, milk supply, ambulance, power supply and other emergency services, and the high court.

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