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Auto, taxi, minibus drivers to go on strike in Delhi today over soaring fuel, CNG prices

By wasmulhaq 
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Several unions of auto, taxi, and minibus drivers have decided not to plight on Delhi roads on Monday. Commuters in the national capital may face severe difficulties in travelling due to a strike.

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The demand of the unions is to increase fare rates and decrease CNG prices.

While most unions said they will be on a one-day strike, the Sarvodaya Drivers Association Delhi, which has members who drive for cab aggregators, said it will be an “indefinite” strike from Monday.

Unions refuse to call off strike

In spite of assurances by the Delhi government to set up a committee to mull over fare revision in a time-bound manner, the auto unions are adamant in their words and refused to call off the strike.

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The President of the Sarvodaya Drivers Association Delhi, Kamaljeet Gill, said: “We have decided to go on an indefinite strike from Monday in view of the lack of action by the government to help us by slashing prices of fuel and revising fares.”

The general secretary of the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh, Rajendra Soni, said the “unprecedented” hike in CNG rates has taken a toll on auto and cab drivers.

Hundreds of auto, taxi, and cab drivers protested near the Delhi Secretariat recently, demanding a subsidy on CNG prices.

We know that the Delhi government is forming some committee, but we need solutions to our problems that are not in sight. We are demanding that the government (Centre and Delhi) provide a Rs 35 per kg subsidy on CNG prices, “he said.

“We cannot keep plying our autos and cabs bearing losses every day as the CNG prices are galloping.” This is a symbolic protest to oppose the price hike, “Soni said.

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There are over 90,000 autos and more than 80,000 registered taxis, complementing the public transport system in the city.

Shyamlal Gola, general secretary of STA Operators, Ekta Manch, said that RTV buses, numbering around 10,000, will also be off the road in support of the demand to revise fares and bring down CNG prices.

The feeder buses play a crucial role in last-mile connectivity, running from metro stations to interior localities in the city.

The strike will really create a problem for commuters, specially those who have to go somewhere in an emergency. Patients and senior citizens have to be on the receiving end as a result of the auto and taxi strikes.

 

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