Delhi’s auto and taxi unions went on indefinite strike today. 85,000 autos and 15,000 yellow-black taxis have gone off the roads. Auto and taxi unions are protesting against Uber and Ola operating in the city. Krishan Verma, president of All Delhi Auto-Taxi Transport Congress Union (ADATTCU), said “the drivers are protesting against app-based services. 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.”
It’s the first time city’s rival taxi unions, affiliated to major political parties including BJP and Congress, have come together and given a call for a strike. Rajendra Son, general secretary of Delhi Autorichshaw Sandh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union said that there is “no room” for talks with Delhi government.
AAP termed the strike politically-motivated and also mentioned that app based cab services doesn’t come under its ambit and instead center should do something in this regard but the auto drivers terms these app based operations as illegal as they don’t have permit from the Delhi transport department to ply their taxis.
Government has been assuring the taxi drivers that they will take actions against these services, during the second phase of odd-even, Arvind Kejriwal also threatened to take actions against uber and ola over complaints of surge pricing but they have failed to fulfill their commitment. Commuters can feel heat of the strike. Delhi government should take actions soon to keep both the public and taxi drivers happy.