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Two-day auto strike from today

delhi Updated: May 18, 2011 13:41 IST

Autorickshaw trade unions will go on a two-day strike from Thursday to oppose the Delhi government's decision to equip all autos with global positioning systems (GPS).

The strike was supposed to begin on Wednesday but was postponed by a day.

"We were supposed to go on strike from Wednesday, but only two to three auto trade unions agreed on the day. So we unanimously chose to start the two-day strike from Thursday,” Suresh Sharma, president of the Rashtravadi Janta Tipahiya Chalak Mahasangh, said.

He said Thursday would not see “even a single auto on the streets”.

"We have no problems with the GPS installation. Our demand is that we should not be paying the annual charges of Rs.15,000 for the installation. The government should bear this cost," added Sharma.

Some of the nine auto unions opposed to the installation of GPS include the Bharatiya Tipahiya Chalak Sangh, the Nyay Path Auto Drivers Welfare Association, the Rashtravadi Janta Tipahiya Chalak Mahasangh and the All Delhi Auto Taxi Federation.

The unions are demanding that the cost of the device be slashed and annual rentals waived.

The government wants autorickshaws to be fitted with GPS to enable two-way communication system that will also help check speeding, route deviation and ensure safety of the commuters.