Odd even row: Auto, taxi unions call strike on Monday

New Delhi: Posing challenge to the second phase of odd-even scheme, the autorickshaw and taxi union of Delhi had on Friday threatened to go on strike from Monday against the Arvind Kejriwal government's "apathy".


Rajendra Soni, who is general secretary of both ‘Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh’ and ‘Delhi Pradesh Taxi Unions,’ said that auto and black-yellow taxis will not ply on the capital’s roads on Monday to protest against the app-based cab services.

Soni said the AAP government has so far not issued 10,000 new permits of autorickshaws which it had cancelled after alleged irregularities in their distribution.

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All auto rickshaws will stop operating from Monday.


The strike has been called by the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.


The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is alleging Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of purging out poor auto rickshaw drivers out of Delhi so that big companies can target the large number of customers and create their own market.


The auto rickshaw strike is one-day strike which will take place on Monday.


This strike is targeted towards app-based cab services.




“On one hand, government talks about strengthening public transport, but on the other hand it has not issued 10,000 new permits of autos so far. Besides, we have also been demanding to stop app-based taxis as their operation is illegal. They are snatching our livelihood.


“When we had met Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on March 14, he had assured us to fulfil our demands within next 15 days, but till now, no decision has been taken by the government,” he said.


There are around 13,000 black-yellow taxis and around 81,000 autorickshaws plying on the streets of the capital. If they go on strike, commuters may face hardships while using public transport as the fortnight-long odd-even scheme is already in place in the capital.


Earlier this week, a section of auto and taxi unions had taken out a protest march against the app-based taxi services in the Capital.

With agency inputs