Auto strike in Delhi enters second day

  • New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 18, 2009 11:08 IST

Majority of capital's auto-rickshaw drivers refused to operate their three-wheelers on the last day of their two-day strike on Tuesday to protest against government's crackdown on those operating without permits, licenses and pollution control certificates.

Drivers belonging to 17 unions, including Bharatiya Tipahiya Chalak Sangh, Capital Autorickshaw Drivers Union and Rashtravadi Tipahiya Chalak Sangh, are participating in the strike, which created trouble for commuters waiting for the three-wheelers.

Rashtravadi Tipahiya Chalak Sangh president Virender Pal said, "The two-day strike is meant to pressurise the authorities to understand our problems."

However, Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had said on Monday that government cannot compromise on norms prescribed by the government.

Bharatiya Tipahiya Chalak Sangh president Sobran Singh Rajput said their protest was not meant to harass public but to fight against the government's policies, which he claimed were "damaging" their livelihood.

Some three-wheelers were seen operating as not all unions were participating in the strike. On Monday, drivers belonging to unions on strike had obstructed those plying autorickshaw in some parts of the city.


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