Taxi and autorickshaw commuters can heave a sigh of relief as their proposed strike on Tuesday has been called off .
This comes after a meeting of the union leaders with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday. Fadnavis assured them of taking necessary action on the surge pricing policy of app-based cabs by next week.
The strike had been planned to demand regulations on the services of taxi aggregators Ola and Uber. The Jai Bhagwan Taxi Rickshaw Sanghatana (JBTRS) union, leading the protest, had asked all taxis as well as auto rickshaws to join them.
Balasaheb Sanap, leader of Jai Bhagwan Taxi Union, said, “We were called by the Chief Minister on Monday to the Legislative Assembly. He has asked us to cancel the strike and wait till next week for the final decision on regulating the operations of cabs in the city. However, we will only wait till the stated time period, failing which the strike will be carried out by our union members.”
Sanep had claimed that at least 70,000 to 80,000 taxi and rickshaw drivers were going to join the strike on Tuesday . The strike which has been postponed to next week will be preceded by a meeting of the union leaders with the Chief Minister and other stakeholders in the transport department.
However, some of the recognised taxi and rickshaw unions had decided to not join the strike but offer moral support.
The state government is likely to set guidelines for app-based taxi services in the city before the end of the ongoing monsoon session as confirmed by State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote in the Legislative Assembly, last week.