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‘Penalise drivers for holding city to ransom’

The reaction of Mumbaiites to the flash strike by auto-rickshaw drivers turned from shock to anger as the strike continued for a second day. HT reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2011 01:10 IST
HT Correspondent

The reaction of Mumbaiites to the flash strike by auto-rickshaw drivers turned from shock to anger as the strike continued for a second day.

Stranded on streets, commuters vowed to teach the rickshaw drivers a lesson.

Ghatkopar resident Subash Nair said, “Everyday, I travel from Ghatkopar to my office in Andheri. However, on Monday, I was forced out of the rickshaw at Saki Naka by a group of rickshaw drivers. They threatened to smash the windshield if the driver did not shut down his vehicle and join the strike.

“These rickshaw drivers have been operating with tampered meters and are now holding people to ransom,” said the angry commuter.

Nair’s sentiments were echoed by several commuters, who had to make alternate arrangements to travel to and back from work.

“I have been spending a lot of money on taxis for the last two days. But I don’t have an option since I had important meetings lined up this week,” said Roshan Bhaskar.

Madhav Kamte, a senior citizen, who lives in Asalfa, said, “I have to visit the physiotherapist everyday at Saki Naka and I have no choice but to rely on rickshaws. However, since Monday, I have not been able to visit the doctor.”

Kamte demanded that authorities catch all erring rickshaw drivers and punish them. “Authorities should also take strict action against rickshaw-drivers for holding city to ransom.”