Rail­way strike may slow down Berlin Wall cel­e­bra­tions

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - WORLD - Ameya N Bhise ameya.bhise@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BERLIN: Ger­many’s cap­i­tal is all geared up to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Sun­day, with fes­tiv­i­ties planned over the week­end at var­i­ous places of his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance. But, not all rev­el­ers may have a good time, as train driv­ers across the coun­try have gone on a strike over a pay­ment dis­pute with the rail op­er­a­tor.

Much like Mumbai, Berlin re­lies heav­ily on its train net­work, thus the city has been paral­ysed with only 15-20% of its high-speed trains on track.

The strike, the long­est in the his­tory of Ger­man rail­ways, be­gan last Wed­nes­day for freight trains and was ex­tended to pas­sen­ger trains on Thurs­day. Ex­pected to end only on Mon­day, it will not only af­fect the 5.5 mil­lion daily pas­sen­gers, but also around 2 mil­lion vis­i­tors who are ex­pected to be in Berlin to wit­ness his­tory.

With many opt­ing to use their ve­hi­cles, rather than miss out on events, there were traf­fic snarls on Fri­day in many parts of the city.

While some are against the strike, there are oth­ers who think the pay hike de­mands of the train driv­ers are jus­ti­fied.

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