Around one lakh auto rickshaw drivers in Mumbai have gone on a one-day strike in the city causing inconvenience to Mumbaikars, especially those in the suburbs.
The auto rickshaw drivers are protesting over raised fees for issuing auto permits – Hiked to Rs 15,000 from earlier Rs 200.
It is also a protest against the Regional Transport Office’s decision to increase renewal charges for autos and taxi permits. The permit which now costs Rs 200 will be raised to Rs 15,000. Taxis are also believed the join the strike soon. The Mumbai Auto Rickshaw Taximen’s Union head by Shashank Rao called for the day-long strike on February 15.
The union has also demanded to stop services of app-based cabs like Ola, besides seeking curbs on ‘illegal’ buses plying in Mumbai.
State transport commissioner Shyam Wardhane warned the auto union against going on a strike and issued order to let private cars and buses be used as public transport on Monday. To compensate for autos, BEST general manager Jagdish Patil said they will ply extra buses in the city.
People have also resorted to car pooling to save themselves of the inconvenience.