Commuters in Delhi-NCR may face hardship in hiring taxis today as the drivers of two app-based cab aggregators Ola and Uber have threatened to go off roads for a day against low fares.
They had gone on a major strike in February, which had lasted for 13 days, causing inconvenience to commuters.
However, the Delhi High Court on Monday restrained two taxi-driver unions from disrupting services of cabs run by Ola and Uber in the NCR. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw passed a decree "permanently injuncting" the two unions and anyone associated with them from blocking cabs of Ola and Uber.
According to the agitating Sarvodaya Drivers' Association, the strike might hit private transport service in Delhi and other neighbouring cities as some groups of tourist taxi providers, autorickshaw union have extended their support to it. The association, which claims to represent around 1.25 lakh app-based taxis in the the Delhi-NCR, demands that fares be increased from existing Rs 6 per km to around Rs 20 per km. It also demands abolition of 25 per cent commission the drivers are charged by companies.
SARVODAYA DRIVERS' ASSOCIATION TO TAKE OUT PROTEST MARCH
Ravi Rathore, vice-president of the Sarvodaya Drivers' Association, said drivers will take out a protest march against the Delhi government which, he alleged, is not intervening to resolve the issue.
"The protest march will be taken out from Majnu-ka-Tila to the CM's residence in North Delhi's Civil Lines area.
"There is grievance among drivers that government is not intervening in raising their issues with Ola and Uber," Rathore said. He said the association has called for the one-day strike in favour of the demands and if companies and government do not pay heed, they will go on an indefinite strike.
According to the association, app-based cab companies made tall promises to drivers - like they would earn as much as Rs 1.5 lakh every month. "But the situation is different. They are making us run taxis at Rs 6 per km while they charge 25 per cent from us," Rathore also said.
Contrary to the association's claim that most autorickshaw and tourists associations have decided to lend their support to the strike, Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union (yellow-black taxis) said they will not participate in it.