Auto, taxi strike ends in Delhi, govt says ‘outsiders’ can’t ply in Capital

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jul 28, 2016 22:57 IST
Auto drivers stopping other autos from plying during the auto-taxi driver strike in Delhi on Thursday. (Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times)

New Delhi

The auto and taxi strike in Delhi ended on Thursday evening, with the unions deciding to withdraw their protest against app-based cab aggregators after a meeting with the government.

The auto and taxi unions had gone on an indefinite strike on Tuesday.

Government officials said a section of the auto rickshaw unions withdrew their strike on Wednesday and the rest decided to ply after the meeting.

Sources said the government assured the unions that auto and taxis registered in other states will not be allowed to operate in the city.

“Vehicles with registration series DL 1RT will operate as per fare meter. The government has also decided to do away the mandatory training session to get a light motor vehicle licence renewed,” an official said.

People had a tough time commuting in the city as autos and taxis stayed off the road and app-based cabs overcharged. Some auto drivers who tried to ply were stopped by the union members.

On Thursday, the unions disrupted traffic in Rohini Sector-22, Gurgaon Expressway and Kapashera.

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“We stopped autos registered with Ola, Uber or PoochhO on Thursday. We do not want to cause any inconvenience to people but we want the government to have a dialogue with us,” said Rajender Soni, general secretary, Delhi auto rickshaw Sangh.

Commuters, however, said the situation was better on Thursday compared to the past two days. “I found an auto even though the driver overcharged,” said Sumeeta Mehra, a resident of south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar. “There were no autos on Tuesday and Wednesday. They were not ready to go even for a high fare,” she said.

Soni met Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday to discuss unions’ demands. “The minister said the state government will decide the issue. But the Kejriwal government in Delhi is not willing to speak to us,” Soni said.

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