June 26, 2012 4:33:18 am
If the government fails to meet their demands,taxi associations will junk their cabs in front of the Writers Buildings and go on a 72-hour strike.
Four taxi associations – Bengal Taxi Association,West Bengal Drivers Welfare Association,CITU Workers Union and AITUC – held a meeting today in this regard.
The date for the larger movement is not fixed yet but it has been decided that if the government does not reach a decision till July 4,we will meet on July 6 to decide on a date to go for a 72-hour strike before the presidential elections. After the elections,we will junk the taxis outside the Writers Buildings and surrender our permit, said general secretary,Bengal Taxi Association,Bimal Guha.
Besides the hike in taxi fare,the taxi associations have demanded that the advertisement scheme on taxis should be stepped up. They also want government taxi stands and renewal of licences for 2000-plus drivers.
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About 7,000 cabs have been taken off road so far and if the trend continues,very soon we will get rid of the taxis and buy cycle rickshaws for ourselves, Guha said.
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