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State govt asks Meru to explain taxi strike

mumbai Updated: Sep 26, 2010 01:48 IST
Shashank Rao

Nearly ten days after the Meru cab drivers resumed work after a week-long strike starting September 13, the state transport department has now sent show cause notices to the management asking them for an explanation for their inability to stop drivers from going on strike.

“We have sent a show-cause notice to the Meru Cab management as they were unable to stop drivers from going on strike, which resulted in inconvenience to commuters,” said Dilip Jadhav, transport commissioner.

The drivers demanded a hike in the base fare from Rs 20 to Rs 23 and an increase of Re 1 for every subsequent km, which was later, met by the transport department.

If the company’s management fails to give a reasonable answer for their ineptness then the department plans to take action.

Sources in the Regional Transport Office (RTO) said that a fine of around Rs 500 per car can be levied in case the department doesn’t find their reply suitable enough. Meru runs around 1,800 cabs in the city.

Only a fortnight back, the department sent show-cause notices to nearly 100 auto rickshaw drivers who participated in a one-day strike on September 7 called by trade unions across India. The RTO offices in Mumbai were asked to handover these notices to all autorickshaw drivers who came to the RTO to renew their license, permit or for any other work.