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Local train services disrupted, motormen dismissed

Mumbai: Suburban train services in Mumbai continued to be disrupted today on the second day of motormen’s strike even as 20 motormen were dismissed for refusing to report for work.

“Ten motormen of Central and Western railway each have been dismissed as they refused to work,” railway officials said here.

The western and eastern express highway also continued to be jammed with commuters opting for road transport to reach their destinations.

Railway authorities today said only 20 per cent suburban trains were operating as a result of the hunger strike by motormen demanding hike in pay scales and allowances.

Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil said the state government will take up the issue with the Centre, seeking its intervention to provide relief to Mumbai commuters.

The state government is also reviewing if provisions of Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) could be invoked in this case, he said.

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