Delhi: Auto Rickshaw, Taxi Drivers On Strike Stop Private Cars, Rough Up Their Drivers
The city’s auto and taxi unions Tuesday went on an indefinite strike against app-based cab services in the city, leaving hundreds of commuters in the lurch.
Twenty unions of autos and taxis have formed a joint action committee (JAC), which has called for an indefinite strike. The committee claimed nearly 80,000 autos and 15,000 yellow-black taxis have gone off the roads.
Calling the strike “politically-motivated”, Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said, “The <a href="https://indianexpress.com/tag/bjp/">BJP</a>, through unions, is instigating autorickshaw and taxi strike in Delhi. I have received several calls from auto-rickshaw drivers who want to ply but are being forced to go on strike.”
Jain added that the government had pressed 300 buses into service at railway stations and ISBTs so that commuters are not inconvenienced. R S Minhas, deputy chief general manager of public relations, DTC, said, “We pressed extra buses into service and redirected many to the airport, ISBTs and railway stations.”
However, the strike affected people, specially at railway stations and hospitals. With rain lashing the capital Tuesday afternoon, harried patients at
AIIMS were seen taking the Metro or flagging down app-based cabs.