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Moved by reports of help being offered by several volunteers to commuters across the city who have been hit by the auto strike...

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 7, 2009 3:17:53 am

Moved by reports of help being offered by several volunteers to commuters across the city who have been hit by the auto strike,the Indian Youth Forum (IYF) decided to pitch in on Wednesday and put on service 30 bikers from Upper Indira Nagar and Swargate bus stand to ferry commuters.

The bikers were flagged off by Dilip Band,divisional commissioner,at 9 am on Wednesday and the bikers continued to ferry people till 10 pm.

“Our bikers must have transported over 50 people over the day. But all members have been pitching in separately with their vehicles. I have personally ferried 8-9 people in my car,” said Praful Kothari,of the IYF.

The group approached Band on Tuesday and offered to help the administration.

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“We have been observing the auto strike for the past few days. What the auto drivers are doing by holding the city to ransom is completely illlogical and we thought we should do our bit. We have also been hearing accounts of others volunteering to help commuters and thought we should come forward,” said Anil Pillai,another member. On Wednesday,the bikers continued ferrying commuters till 10 pm. They will continue till the auto strike ends. The numbers on which the group can be contacted on are: 9422322915 ,and 9850153720.

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