Bus services in Maharashtra resumed on Saturday morning after employees of the State Road Transport Corporation called off their strike, ANI reported.

The decision was made late on Friday night by the core committee of the employees’ union.

The Bombay High Court on Friday called the strike “illegal” and ordered MSRTC employees to end it immediately. The court has asked the state government to set up a five-member panel by October 23 to look into the transport workers’ demand of better salaries.

The panel has to submit proposals on an interim pay revision by November 15 and put in its final report by December 21.

The strike had affected people travelling during Diwali. Lakhs of passengers use the 17,000 buses that operate across the state every day.