Commuters in national capital today faced transportation related issues as city’s taxi and auto unions went on an indefinite strike against the Ola cabs, Uber cabs and other app-based taxi services. As many as 20 tax/auto unions have called for strike. Though, early in the morning, there were some autos/taxis visible on the roads, but around the peak hours, they gradually vanished from the roads, barring few instances. Commuters were stranded at several locations including railways stations, Inter-State Bus Terminus, Metro stations.
The auto/taxi unions have constituted a Joint Action Committee and claimed that around 85,000 autos and 15,000 taxis have gone off the roads causing hardship to travelers and office-goers. Delhi transport minister Satyendar Jain claimed that its BJP sponsored strike. “Why police is not there? I have talked to LG. I have already written a letter to commissioner to tackle it with strictly and arrange adequate police force for this. Why they have not done it? How autos will run if there is no police protection?” said the minister. Satyendar Jain further added that he has confirmed information that BJP is promoting this strike with the help of central government.
“Uber and Ola don’t have permit to run their taxis in Delhi, but despite that the government is allowing them to take away our livelihood,” said Kishan Verma, president of All Delhi Auto-Taxi Transport Congress Union (ADATTCU).
Some people claimed that even Ola/Uber cabs are not being allowed to ply on the roads. Many auto unions which are affiliated with political parties have also participated in the strike.
“Government has assured us on several occasions that it will take action against app-based taxi services, but they have not fulfilled their commitment so far,” said Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union. Soni’s unions have RSS backing.
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Earlier, a Delhi government spokesperson said that they had written to Centre for blocking servers of Uber but they cited their inability saying that the server is in USA. “The operations of Ola and Uber are illegal in Delhi as they don’t have permit from the Delhi transport department to ply their taxis. We have already written to the Centre to block server of Uber, but the Union government said it cannot do so as its main server is in USA,” said the spokesman.
(With PTI inputs)