Autos go off city roads after 4pm, commuters bear brunt
Commuters had a tough time in the Capital on Friday as autorickshaws stayed off the road after 4 pm to protest against alleged police "highhandedness" and in support of their demand for a fare revision. HT reports.Updated: Mar 01, 2013 23:49 IST
Commuters had a tough time in the Capital on Friday as autorickshaws stayed off the road after 4 pm to protest against alleged police "highhandedness" and in support of their demand for a fare revision.
The strike, between 4pm and midnight, will continue on Saturday.
Office-goers and people arriving at the old Delhi, New Delhi and Nizamuddin railway stations were the most affected as there were no autorickshaws available at these places.
Some autorickshaws, tough, were seen plying elsewhere in the capital.
"The Delhi government has not hiked auto fares for the last three years despite CNG prices going up regularly," said Rajendra Soni of the Bhartiya Private Transport Mazdoor Mahasangh, which represents a large number of auto unions.
"We are also protesting against autorickshaws being fined and impounded by the Delhi Traffic Police," he said.
Soni said they decided to go on strike after 4 pm because of the board exams and they did not want to inconvenience students.
The unions protested outside the Delhi Lt Governor's residence and plan to protest outside the Delhi Police headquarters near ITO on Saturday.
"I had to reach Connaught Place from my Dilshad Garden residence in the morning and the auto drivers were asking for R200. The fare is not more than Rs 110 if one goes by the meter," said Gautam Mukherjee, a marketing executive.
Rajiv Kumar, who was stranded at the New Delhi railway station, said: "No auto-rickshaws are available here and the private taxi owners are asking for Rs 600 to go to Kalkaji," said.
Delhi Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said his department was in talks with auto-taxi unions keeping in view the partial strike.
Goswami said the transport department was sensitive to their demands and was eager to find out a cordial solution. He expressed the hope that the partial strike would be over soon and commuters would not have to face any inconvenience.