Mumbai cabbies, autos to go off roads

They will go on a day-long strike on Jan 25 to protest the hike in third party insurance premiums, reports Rajendra Aklekar.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:55 IST

Cabbies and autos in the city will go on a day-long token strike on January 25 to protest against the steep rise in third party insurance premiums. Truckers have already announced to go on an indefinite transport bandh for the same reason from January 20.

A meeting of Action Committee of Maharashtra Taxi and Autorickshaw Mahasangh (ACMTAM) representing taxis and auto unions of Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Satara, Nashik and Nagpur was held in Pune on January 10 and adopted a resolution unanimously stating that 1 lakh taxis and 8 lakh autos will go off the roads on January 25.

"The premium of third party of all the vehicles has been increased by 100-300 per cent which is unreasonable and beyond the capacity of commercial transport operators. We will begin the agitation on January 20 but go on a one-day token strike on January 25," Anthony L Quadros, convenor of Action Committee of Maharashtra Taxi and Autorickshaw Mahasangh, told HT.

"The talks between All-India Motor Transport Congress and insurance companies held at Hyderabad held on Jan 10 failed and hence there will be a national-level transport bandh from January 20. Six lakh goods vehicles in Maharashtra and 30 lakh across the country will be participating in the bandh," Maharashtra Heavy Goods Vehicle Owners’ Association general secretary Mohinder Singh Ghura said.

First Published: Jan 13, 2007 19:55 IST