Auto stir leaves passengers in lurch

Auto stir leaves passengers in lurch

Commuters were put to inconvenience on Monday as auto rickshaws, one of the major modes of transport in the City, went off the roads in protest against the recent hike in auto LPG prices.

Schoolchildren, office goers, passengers at railway and bus stations had a harrowing time and were left to fend for themselves as the strike was unprecedented in recent years.

Scenes at the City railway station and Kempegowda bus station were that of chaos, confusion and disappointment, with passengers hurrying to get into a taxi. Traffic police were seen helping passengers obtain taxis without getting into an argument. The BMTC had pressed an additional 250 buses into service, but to no avail.

Auto rickshaw drivers took out processions and held a rally at the Freedom Park. Their demands include reduction of taxes on auto LPG, housing facility by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and health insurance for drivers.

R Muniveeregowda, joint commissioner of transport, who was present at Freedom Park, said, “We have called the representatives of drivers’ unions for a discussion on January 9.”

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