Large number of taxis and autos go off Delhi roads; commuters hit

Tuesday, in Delhi, to protest against a law on installing GPS systems in the vehicles.  Thousands of commuters were hit hard as large no. of autorickshaws and taxis went off the roads

many of the autorickshaw and taxi operators were on a one day strike opposing the high installation charges for the proposed Global Positioning System (which is called GPS) in their vehicles and demanding a fare hike to compensate for this.

A large number of autorickshaw and over 10,000 taxis and unions have decided to stay off the roads.

“Both autos and taxis will not be available in many parts of the national capital as a mark of protest,” an auto union member said.

Commuters had a harrowing time as several autorickshaws kept off the roads and the frequency of DTC (Delhi Transport Service) buses was low in the morning.

Shabbir Ansari, a resident of Jamia Nagar said that “The buses are already crowded and there is no certainty about their frequency. Whereas the Metro line is far from my house. I am bound to be dependent on autos”.

On Monday, “Additional buses would be deployed across the city, including at railway stations, interstate bus terminals, airport and hospitals.” Said by Ramakant Goswami (Delhi transport minister)

Anu Tandon, who is a sales executive from east Delhi, complained that she had to walk around two kms from her home to the nearest Metro station as she could not get an auto.

She said that “I had to walk about two kilometres to the Metro station, as I couldn’t get an auto,”
So, However, the Auto Rikshaw proved to be a bonanza for cycle rickshaw-pullers. Some of them charged double from the usual and earned an entire week’s income on Tuesday.

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