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Cab drivers block traffic at Shankar Chowk, step up heat over fare demand

Protesting cab drivers stopped vehicles at the service lane of Shankar Chowk below the NH-8 flyover and forced the passengers to step out. However, they left by the time the policemen moved in

gurgaon Updated: Feb 20, 2017 23:21 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Grounded cabs outside the Ola office on the Delhi-Gurgaon border.(SANJAY VERMA/HT PHOTO)

A section of drivers employed by app-based aggregators stopped cabs near Shankar Chowk and also partially blocked vehicles on Monday leading to minor snarls on the stretch. Police officers arrived at the spot and brought situation under control.

The development comes days after cab aggregators send messages to its customers claiming their services have resumed. For over a week now, the cabs belonging to aggregators Ola and Uber have been off the roads after the drivers decided to ground their vehicles demanding a revision in fares.

The incident took place at about 3.30 pm at the service lane of Shankar Chowk below the NH 8 flyover. Ten cab drivers initially blocked all vehicles heading to New Delhi from Gurgaon. However, after two minutes, they cleared the way and started stopping cars with yellow number plates.

The protestors were seen asking drivers whether they work for Ola or Uber. Though the protesters stopped a few vehicles and forced the passengers to step out of the vehicles, they left the spot after learning that police was on the way.

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Soon, the passengers climbed back into the cabs they were in and left for their destinations.

While, app-based aggregators have resumed their services, the drivers’ association are yet to call-off their strike that started on February 10.

Far from calling off the strike, the protesting drivers have only intensified their stir demanding revision of rates, provision of life insurance cover and seeking non-preference for taxis owned by the cab aggregators.

“Our demands are yet to be met by OLA or UBER and until they are fulfilled there will be sporadic instances of disruption of services,” Jaiveer Singh, a protesting cab driver said.

Police officers arrived at the spot and ensure the resumption of traffic movement on the busy stretch.

“After receiving information that some cab drivers have disrupted traffic near Shankar Chowk, a team of officers from Udyog Vihar police station left for the spot. However, by the time reached the spot, the protesters had already left. No arrests were made,” ASI, Kailash Chander, said.

First Published: Feb 20, 2017 23:20 IST