‘Most of the unions boycotted the strike call’

The one-day strike called by some auto and taxi unions had little impact on normal life on Tuesday morning as some of the workers of these unions came out on the streets and tried to disrupt the movement of autos and taxis that were plying on the roads. However, later in the day, the situation normalised and a large number of autos were seen operating.

The Delhi Government said the impact of the strike, called to protestagainst the installation of global positioning system in autos, was negligible as most of the unions had boycotted the strike call and avowed to keep their vehicles on the roads.

Delhi Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said the strike had no impact and thanked those unions, who had not participated in it, for coming to the rescue of the general public.

He said the passengers faced no inconvenience as a large number of unions decided to ply their autos and taxies during the day. “The unions took the decision to boycott the proposed strike keeping in view the onset of the festive season,’’ the Minister said.

While in some places, striking union workers were seen ‘engaging’ auto drivers, the Delhi Government said that there was no disruption and no untoward incident anywhere.

Passengers too did not have to wait for long on the roads as there was no resistance from the office-bearers of the unions supporting the strike on the issue of GPS installation and fare structure.

Apart from this, the Delhi Government said the DTC had taken all steps to cater to the transport and about 5,000 buses were deployed for plying on prescribed routes across the city.

As such, no complaint has been received from the passengers, said Mr. Goswami.

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