Tvm/Kochi: Coming after a break of two months, the dawn-to-dusk state wide strike has not hit the working of the IT industry in Kerala. Most IT companies in Technopark and Infopark have reported a normal working day.
Arrangements were made by the park authorities to run the transport services to Technopark and Infopark as convoy with police protection. Both these parks which account for the bulk of the IT companies in Kerala are functioning smoothly, according to the park officials.
The Travel Operators Association of Kerala (TOAK), the registered body of tour operators in the Tourism and IT sector in Kerala, which has been campaigning the ‘Say No to Hartals’ have kept their word of operating their services today. Talking to Kerala IT News, C P Ajith Kumar, President, TOAK said, “Although we are not in favour of the petrol price hike which affects our margins, we are against the strike. This is affecting the Tourism industry in Kerala very badly.”
TOAK has about 12,000 vehicles either owned or attached with their 185 members. Out of this, nearly 6,000 vehicles service the IT industry. These vehicles are the lifeline for the various IT companies in Infopark and Technopark, especially BPOs which depend on timely transportation of their employees. Most of these services are running on schedule today.
Meanwhile, the strike called by pro-Left transport sector unions to protest the fuel price has paralysed the normal life. A bandh like situation prevails in most places as several trade unions across different sectors have joined the strike call. The worst affected are long distance commuters and passengers who reached the state by train and are now stranded in railway stations across the state. Stray incidences of violence have kept KSRTC buses off the roads in most parts of the state. Educational institutions and business establishments are closed.
Kerala IT News