Commuters are likely to face a harrowing time on Wednesday as auto-rickshaws will stay off the roads on May 9, affecting public transport in the city. Auto-rickshaw unions have threatened strike to press their of their six demands, including issuance of fresh permits and setting up of a welfare board for drivers.
Rajinder Soni, member of an auto union, said the Supreme Court in November 2011, had ordered the government to issue 45,000 new permits to tackle the auto mafia in the city but even after six months the government is yet to take steps.
The auto unions will hold a demonstration on the evening of May 8 and go on a 24-hour strike the next day.
The auto drivers are also demanding hike in passenger fare, financial aid in case of death of a driver in a road accident and online licences.