The Bengal Taxi Association has decided to shelve their plans of going on an indefinite strike regarding their demand for a hike in fare. Instead,they would appeal to the High Court with their demands.
Looking at the inconvenience caused to commuters in the last strike,we have decided to avoid the strike for the time being. Instead,we will write a letter to the Chief Minister tomorrow and if we dont get a positive reply from her within 10 days,we will move High Court, said Bimal Guha,general secretary,Bengal Taxi Association. He also said on May 3 they would put up a blockade at Public Motor Vehicles department and on May 10 there would be a taxi rally from Birla Planetarium to Rani Rashmoni Road.
Guha added that the last bandh was a hit because it was absolutely legitimate. We are not being unreasonable. Prices of everything have gone up,except for taxi fare. How can we sustain like this? The High Court,I am sure,will respond to our appeal positively, he said.
Transport minister Madan Mitra said the government would give priority to public interest. Just like we are thinking of an alternative for auto drivers,we will find a way out for the taxis as well,but if they take any step that would inconvenience even one commuter,we cannot sit idle and will take steps, he said,without specifying what steps he would take against errant drivers. Asked if they choose to move court,he said,They are welcome. It would be up to e court to take a decision.