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Taxi, autorickshaw unions threatens to go on strike

Taxi, autorickshaw unions threatens to go on strike

New Delhi: Taxi and autorickshaw unions in Delhi today threatened to go on strike on April 11 if their demand to stop all app-based cab services in the city is not met.

“If government does not pay heed to our demand immediately, all taxis and autorickshaws will go off the road on April 11”, Rajendra Soni, general secretary of both the unions, said.

They would also take out a protest march against the AAP government from Samta Sthal to Delhi Secretariat that day, he added.

Last month, both the unions had written to Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai and demanded that all app-based private cab services be stopped, asking they were taking away the livelihood of traditional black-yellow taxi and autorickshaw drivers.

There are around 13,000 black-yellow taxis and around 81,000 autorickshaws plying on the streets of the capital.

“App-based taxi services are affecting our business and we cannot sit silent. Government should stop their services as most of app-based cab operators are not following rules,” Soni said.

He further said that they had to call off their proposed two-day strike starting from March 15 last month after assurance from the Delhi Transport Minister on their demand but they have not still paid heed to their issues.