Commuters in Delhi are having a tough time on Tuesday as autos and taxis are on an indefinite strike against app-based taxi services like Uber and Ola. There are about 85,000 auto-rickshaw and 15,000 yellow-black taxis in the Capital. According to reports, people are facing problems during their commute, especially at the airport, railway stations and bus terminus. According to the joint action committee (JAC) formed by 20 transport unions, auto and taxi (yellow-black taxis) unions of the domestic and international airports have extended support to the strike.
Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union, said there is ‘no room’ for talks with the Delhi government. He, however, said in case the Delhi government wants to talk to them, it can send its representative at New Delhi Railway Station where the drivers will be staging the protest.
Soni also said that the government assured them on several ocassions that it will take action against these services but it failed to fulfil its commitment. However, the Delhi government called the strike as ‘politically motivated’ and said Centre should take action in this regard as app-based cab services don’t come under the Delhi government’s ambit.
Commuters not only had a difficult time commuting but they also had to pay a lot. “I usually pay Rs 90-100 till Indraprastha from Civil Lines, but because of this strike, I had to shell out Rs 150,” a commuter said. Here is how Delhi reacted to the auto-strike:
— rajesh dey (@doc_rdey) July 26, 2016
The auto rickshaw drivers and cab drivers here need an excuse for a day off. Lazy asses. Let’s see how this “strike” helps them. #Delhi
— Sonia (@skrising6) July 26, 2016
Auto Taxi strike in #Delhi to oppose App-based cabs like Uber and Ola. Yesterday faced mammoth jams, planned taking metro. Seems tough
— saket suryesh (@saket71) July 26, 2016
A Delhi government spokesperson said it had written to the Centre demanding that the server of Uber be blocked. “During the second phase of odd-even, the Chief Minister had also threatened to take action against app-based cab services over complaints of surge pricing,” said the spokesperson.