Mumbai auto and taxi strike postponed after minister guarantees resolution inside 10 days

Taxi unions postponed their strike.

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Mumbai: The indefinite auto and taxi strike introduced by the unions in Mumbai from September 15 looking for fare hike has been postponed after a gathering with the Maharashtra Business Minister Uday Samant. Greater than two dozen representatives of varied taxi and rickshaw unions within the metropolis met the minister on Tuesday and mentioned their calls for. After the assembly, the union management introduced that they determined to postpone the proposed strike.

“The trade minister has assured us that his authorities will take a concrete resolution for regulating a number of problems with rickshaw and taxi drivers together with fare hikes inside 10 days. So, now we have determined to postpone our strike as of now,” the auto taxi union leaders knowledgeable the media after the assembly.

The union had been demanding a fare hike and requested the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (MMRTA) to take a call quickly. Whereas the minimal fare for the metered taxis is at present Rs 25, of their written petition to Chihed Minister Eknath Shinde, the taxi union demanded that the fares ought to be revised to Rs 30. Equally, rickshaw unions are additionally demanding a revision in minimal fare from Rs 21 to Rs 23.

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Of their assembly with minister Samant, the unions additionally pushed for a 40 p.c subsidy on CNG fuel used for auto rickshaws and taxis. Till this demand is met, an interim enhance within the fare of rickshaws and taxis primarily based on the advice of the Khatuwa Committee ought to be given, they requested the minister. As per taxi unions, over the previous couple of months, CNG costs have elevated by virtually 70 per cent however the fares have remained the identical making it tough for auto and taxi drivers to make ends meet.

The auto and taxi unions had known as for a strike on August 1. Nonetheless, the choice was deferred after the federal government assured that the fares could be revised.

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