Delhi autos, taxis to go on strike on Monday

To protest against app-based cab services, unions have decided to go on strike on the fourth day of odd-even rule

GN Bureau | April 16, 2016


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Delhi’s second phase of odd-even scheme kicked off on Friday, April 15, for the next fortnight. Being a public holiday on the occasion of Ram Navami followed by the weekend, the scheme had a smooth beginning. Even then, reportedly, more than 500 challans were issued on the first day to people found violating the scheme. The next big test is the coming Monday, when all schools, colleges and offices will re-open. 

But, Arvind Kejriwal led government who is trying its best to increase public transport, will have to face a big challenge on Monday as reportedly, a section of Delhi auto and taxi unions have given a call for a one-day strike to protest against app-based cab services like Uber and Ola. The strike is called by the Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions, who feel that these cab services are illegal and are taking away their livelihood. There are currently around 80,000 autos and 13,000 black-yellow taxis in the capital.
 
This move may cause hardship to commuters in the national capital as Monday, which, being the start of the week is generally heavily crowded. The odd-even road rationing scheme, that allows only odd-numbered cars to ply on odd days and even-numbered on even days, has led commuters to greatly rely on public transport like taxis, autos and metros. Since last-mile connectivity is still an issue with metros, lakhs of people commuting by metro depend on feeder buses and autos to reach their destination. Even though number of buses has been increased in the capital, it may not be able to meet the increased demand. 
 
Delhi government will now have to be vigilant to the demands of the unions along with ensuring that Delhi citizens do not have to face problems on Monday.
 

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