Autorickshaws were hardly spotted on the streets of the capital this morning even though all three-wheeler unions, barring one withdrew their daylong strike after a discussion with the Delhi government.
The autorickshaw unions had earlier called for a strike from midnight of April one but after a discussion with Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely yesterday, all unions except Mazdoor Sangh had withdrawn their protest.
However, the withdrawal of strike did not have an effect on the presence of autos, as majority of the drivers affiliated with several unions were unaware of the decision.
The unions were demanding increase in fares and protesting against a government proposal to phase out three-wheelers from the city.
"All the unions except Mazdoor Sangh withdrew the strike after the discussions with the Minister. Many drivers did not know about the withdrawal. We are informing them," said Sobran Singh Rajput of Bharatiya Tipaya Chalak Sangh.
Ram Singh of Capital Auto Drivers Union also echoed the same views and said very few autos plied in the morning hours as majority of the drivers belonging to the unions were unaware of the withdrawal of the strike.
The absence of autos was a trouble as well as a blessing in disguise for commuters in the city.
While a section rued that they were not able to get an auto to reach their destinations, others said the absence of autos was a blessing in disguise as it had a "positive impact" on the traffic.
Rakesh, a software professional going to his Noida office from Dwarka, said he had a "peaceful drive" to his office as the traffic was relatively smooth as there were no autos on the roads.
Amitabh Sharma, a media professional working in Connaught Place, said he saved at least 20 minutes, as the traffic was smooth. He was coming to Connaught Place from Dilshad Garden.
However, people who were waiting for autos rued that the less number of autos upset their plans.
"I had go to South Extension for an interview. I thought I would take an auto, as I did not want to take a bus. But there was no auto and I was late by 30 minutes for the interview," said Neha Sharma, a business executive.