The Tricity Auto Rickshaw Union, affiliated with the Janata Dal United (JDU), staged a protest against the Chandigarh administration and blocked the Chandigarh-Ambala road for around 45 minutes on Friday.
The protest led to a traffic jam which was cleared only after over an hour. Members of the union gathered at Hallomajra light point at 9.30am bringing the traffic to a grinding halt because of which commuters had to face inconvenience. The union staged the protest against the recent hike in fuel prices, particularly LPG used in autos and indifferent attitude of Chandigarh administration towards their long-pending demands.
Additional police force was called and cops had to restore to mild cane charge to clear the jam.
The members of the union shouted slogans against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government and the Chandigarh administration. Mahavir Kaushik, secretary, state transport authority, Chandigarh, rushed to the site and managed to pacify the protestors by giving assuring them to start a campaign to impound diesel autos.
Union chairman Surinder Bhardwaj said the Chandigarh administration's silence on the serious issue of plying of unauthorised diesel autos in the city and many representations and reminders to them at different levels have gone futile and unheard. He alleged that the administration was deliberately not taking action against the diesel auto mafia.
Bhardwaj further demanded immediate rollback of LPG prices along with other demands such as immediate ban on all unauthorised, hazardous and illegally-plying diesel auto-rickshaws in Chandigarh and to run only LPG auto-rickshaws as per the decision taken by the administration to keep Chandigarh eco-friendly.