anandabazar patrika epaper 11/08/2016

Mumbai :

Taxi and autorickshaw commuters in the city could be put to inconvenience with two unions announcing strikes later this month. While Jai Bhagwan taxi union on Wednesday called for an indefinite strike of autos and taxis from August 29, a rickshaw union led by Shashank Rao threatened that rickshaws in the suburbs could observe a `bandh’ on August 31.

Sources said that Jai Bhagwan taxi union is upset with chief minister Devendra Fadnavis for dilly-dallying the decision to regulate opera tions of Ola and Uber cabs.The sources said that taximen from other unions are supporting this union as the fight is against their common competitor -Ola and Uber.

Union leader Balasaheb Sanap has been demanding that the government make it mandatory for aggregators to be registered with the transport department and that share rides offered by the aggregators be banned.

A Mantralaya official said that in July , when union representatives had called for a strike, the CM had assured to look into the matter.

The autorickshaw union led by Shashank Rao has also demanded a ban on operations of aggregator cabs. It has said that autos may observe a bandh on August 31if their demand is not accepted by the government.

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