March 18, 2015 4:20:19 am
Auto and taxi services are likely to be hit on April 7, with the Mumbai Taxi Union, and the Auto Union planning a dharna, outside the transport commissioner’s office in Bandra that day.
According to the union president Shashank Rao, the protest is being organised on several issues, including plying of illegal autos and private vehicles in the city. “We will be sitting on dharna as there are a large number of illegal autos and private vehicles plying in the city, who are cheating commuters, but no action has been taken against them despite bringing this matter to the notice of the state government several times,” said Rao.
Other demands, he added, by the Union include fast-tracking the process of clearing pending application for the permits by the government, and re-issuance of the canceled permits,as the auto rickshaw drivers are not familiar with the online process, resulting in the issues .”We also want the government to issue one lakh fresh permits to improve the transport services provided in the state,” added Rao.
The auto rickshaw drivers and owners of eastern and western suburbs will hand over their list of demands to the transport commissioner of April 7. The Union claimed that it had deferred the date for holding such a protest, so as not to give inconvenience to children going for exams.
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