Bengaluru Auto Strike: Citizens in Karnataka’s Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley, may suffer traffic problems today, March 20, as over two lakh auto-rickshaw drivers have opted to strike. The Bengaluru Auto Drivers Unions’ Federation has planned a strike for Monday to protest the unlawful operation of private bike taxi services in the city.
“We will observe a 24-hour strike beginning Sunday midnight,” Adarsh Auto and Taxi Drivers’ Union president M Manjunath told news agency PTI. “Our protest is directed at the unlawful operation of bike taxis throughout the city.”
According to Manjunath, as many as 21 auto-rickshaw driver groups have banded together to protest private bike taxi services in the city. According to the group, despite the fact that the state transportation department considers bike taxis to be unlawful, drivers operate on city streets with impunity.
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Nearly 2 lakh auto-rickshaws will not travel on Bengaluru roads until Monday midnight. The drivers plan to march from Bengaluru City Train Station to the residence of Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Earlier, former Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa proposed the ‘Karnataka Electric Bike Taxi scheme-2021’ in July 2021, implying that it aims to improve living conditions and create self-employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in urban mobility.
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The scheme’s major goal is to reduce the amount of time and inconvenience people suffer when travelling from their homes to bus stops, railway stations, and metro stations, particularly in Bengaluru.
(With inputs from PTI)
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