Roads in Delhi remained deserted on Monday as in a double whammy for the people of Delhi, auto-rickshaw and taxi unions decided to go on a strike against the Delhi government’s policies on cab aggregators. Petrol pumps and CNG pumps are also closed after the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association called for a strike against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s refusal to reduce VAT on fuel.
“The one-day ‘Chakka Jaam’ protest by the Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti will be held as the government failed to listen to our grievances,” said Inderjeet Singh, chairman of the All India Tour and Transport Association and convener of the joint forum.
Announcing the one-day strike last week, Singh had said, “Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers are losing their employment due to wrong transport policies of the government and also due to low fares offered to commuters by cab aggregators.”
Delhi has nearly 1 lakh auto-rickshaws and around 1.5 lakh taxis. Customers of cab aggregators like Uber and Ola may also witness long waiting and surge pricing due to a shortage of cabs and high demand.