Posing challenge to the second phase of odd-even scheme rolled out on Friday, the autorickshaw and taxi union of Delhi have given a call for a one-day strike on Monday against the Arvind Kejriwal government’s “apathy” and to protest against app-based cab services, a move which may cause hardship to commuters in the national capital.
Rajendra Soni, who is general secretary of both ‘Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh’ and ‘Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions,’ said that auto and black-yellow taxis will not ply on the capital’s roads on Monday to protest against the app-based cab services, reported Indian Express.
Soni said the AAP government has so far not issued 10,000 new permits of autorickshaws which it had cancelled after alleged irregularities in their distribution.
“On one hand, the government talks about strengthening public transport, but on the other hand, it has not issued 10,000 new permits of autos so far. Besides, we have also been demanding to stop app-based taxis as their operation is illegal. They are snatching our livelihood.
“When we had met Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on March 14, he had assured us to fulfill our demands within next 15 days, but till now, no decision has been taken by the government,” he said.
“Kejriwal is acting like a dictator. We had on numerous occasions, including on April 5, requested an audience with him to discuss our issues, but he didn’t care to bother. He forgot that we were the people who supported and campaigned for him during elections,” he added.
There are around 13,000 black-yellow taxis and around 81,000 autorickshaws plying on the streets of the capital.
If they go on strike, commuters may face troubled phase of time when the odd-even rule is already initiated for two more weeks.
When the government is looking forward to the success of Odd-Even rule this time as according to the reports, it was a failure during the first phase in January, this strike could become one of the major factors that may generate an incompatible outcome which the government had not expected.
On the other hand, this strike can also lead to massive bookings on the services like Uber and Ola. Even, surge pricing can also be initiated which again may become a hardship for the commuters.
Earlier this week, a section of auto and taxi unions had taken out a protest march against the app-based taxi services in the capital.