Commuters face hardship as car and taxi unions go on strike against rising fuel prices | Latest Delhi News

Commuters have had a tough time as various rickshaw, taxi and taxi unions in the capital staged a two-day strike on Monday demanding a CNG subsidy and a fare review following the rise in prices fuel price.

Passengers complained about having to wait long for Ola and Uber taxis, and added that these were available at inflated rates.

The impact of the strike called by various rickshaw, taxi and taxi unions in the capital was visible, as cars, taxis and food buses were barely available at transport hubs like train stations , Interstate Bus Terminals (ISBT), and subway stations across the city.

Those most affected by the strike are those who arrived in Delhi from other states by train, bus or other modes.

Vinay Prajapati, who arrived in the city on Monday morning with his family and who was unaware of the strike, had to call his friend to drop him off.

“I and my family arrived here from Raipur today morning. There were no taxis and cars were unavailable at New Delhi station due to the strike. I waited for an hour to get a taxi or a car but to no avail. I finally had to call my friend to go home to Ghaziabad,” Prajapati told PTI.

There were many like Prajapati who found it difficult to get transport to their destinations in Delhi-NCR due to the strike as it led to a shortage of taxis and automobiles.

Preeti Dahiya, another commuter, said she had been waiting for a car near Patel Chowk metro station for about 20 minutes, but to no avail.

“I stayed here for about 15-20 minutes and had to go to Geeta Colony. I tried to book a taxi, but the wait was over 25 minutes and the prices went up. I spotted a few cars but no one agreed to go on strike,” Dahiya said.

She added that motorists were ready to go to destinations at shorter distances of 2 to 3 kilometers but refused to take passengers for long distance journeys.

Another commuter, Diljeet Singh, said: “Every day I take a taxi to my office near the Central Secretariat and it charges me around 400 one way. But today, because of the strike, fewer taxis were available and fares went up a lot. I had to pay more 650 to reach my office from Noida.”

There are over 90,000 cars and over 80,000 registered taxis supplementing the city’s public transport system.

People also took to social media to report the strike by taxi and car drivers and the problems caused to the public.

“A very difficult day to get to office by public transport in Delhi. Like today, auto and taxi unions are on strike. Delhi government should understand the problem of the middle class,” said said Vaibhav Mishra on Twitter.

Unions of car and taxi drivers have demanded higher fares and lower CNG prices to offset the impact of rising fuel prices.

They refused to call off their strike despite the Delhi government’s announcement to form a committee to consider a time-bound tariff review.

“Our strike has started and it will continue throughout the day. GNC has become more expensive and we cannot continue to run our business with losses. We should either receive a subsidy of 35 per kg on CNG or tariffs should be increased,” Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh, told PTI.

Car, cab and taxi drivers also sat on a dharna near Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at Civil Lines later in the day to press their demands.

Small protests were also seen at several locations including Kashmere Gate ISBT, Rani Bagh, Civil Lines, New Delhi Railway Station Auto Stand.

While some unions said they would start a one-day strike, the Sarvodaya Driver Association Delhi, which has members who drive for taxi aggregators, said it would be a two-day strike. and that it could turn into an “indefinite” strike.

“We are giving a two-day ultimatum to the governments (Center and State) to consider our demands, otherwise our symbolic strike will turn into an indefinite strike. We don’t want to do this, but we have no other choice,” Ravi Rathore of Sarvodaya Driver Association Delhi said.

There have been reports claiming that taxis entering Delhi from Noida and Ghaziabad are stopped at border points and told not to add to the woes of commuters.

However, the taxi and automobile drivers’ associations said they were not stopping taxis and simply informing other drivers of the strike.

“The strike was planned at short notice so many taxi and auto drivers in NCR city were unaware. Therefore, they were informed about the strike at Delhi borders and were invited to participate after completing their travels,” Rathore mentioned.

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