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Mumbai: Taxi unions to go on strike from Sunday

The unions are demanding that aggregators like Ola and Uber should not be allowed to operate within city limits.

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Indian taxi drivers shout slogans against app-based taxi aggregators during a protest in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Taxi and auto drivers associated with various unions will be on a strike to protest against web-based cab operators from Monday and commuters in the city will have to find  alternative means to reach their destinations.

Balasaheb Sanap, a member of Jai Bhagwan Taxi Union, said that the strike was indefinite unless the state government heeded their demands.

The unions are demanding that aggregators like Ola and Uber should not be allowed to operate within city limits.

“Their services are unauthorized as they have no permits from the RTO. Because of them, our drivers are making a loss. Since the government is doing nothing, we will take action,” Sanap said.

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A protest by drivers of black-and-yellow taxis in the city against cab aggregators Ola and Uber was held last month at Azad Maidan, which resulted in the arrest of seven protesters for allegedly damaging three vehicles by hurling stones at three private vehicles, assuming they were Ola cabs.

“You either give them a badge or paint their vehicles black and yellow, our demands need to be heard or else the strike won’t end. That is our decision,” Sanap said.