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May 4, 2010

Railway Strike Leaves About 7 Million People Stranded in Mumbai

May 4 (Bloomberg) -- A hunger strike by Mumbai’s suburban rail
motormen kept as many as 7 million commuters from reaching work in India’s
commercial capital today.
Western Railways, which operates services connecting the
southern tip of the city to the suburbs of Bandra and Virar, will run 250
trains, a fifth of its normal service, according to a statement on its website.
Trains on the central line were also affected by the strike called to demand
higher wages.
The two rail networks carry 3.5 million people each, mostly to
the southern end of the city, home to the nation’s equities, money and commodity
markets, the central bank and companies such as Reliance Industries Ltd.
The strike began at 5 p.m. yesterday when motormen stopped
running trains.

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