New Delhi: Commuters in the National Capital will face a tough ordeal travelling around the city as auto-rickshaws and taxi unions go on indefinite strike from today.
With more than 85,000 auto-rickshaws and 15,000 taxis going off the road in Delhi, commuters will face a tough time hailing instant shuttle service.
The protest is against app-cased cab services like Ola and Uber which guarantee a more ‘pocket-friendly’ service for commuters in Delhi. With the recent introduction of app-based auto-rickshaw services, the unions are enraged about government’s inaction against these app-based taxi services.
“The government has assured us on several occasions it will take action against these services but it has not fulfilled its commitment so far,” Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union, said.
“If the government wants to talk to us, it can send its representative at New Delhi Railway station where the drivers will be staging the protest today,” said Soni.
In a first, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has rendered its support to the unions participating in the strike. Yellow-black taxi cab unions of the domestic and international airport also pledged their support to the strike.
The Delhi government has claimed that the protest was politically motivated since banning app-based cab services did not come under its jurisdiction.