Hundreds of auto-rickshaws kept off roads of capital city leaving daily passengers high and dry on Tuesday.

Operators of auto-rickshaws resorted to 12-hour bandh call demanding formulation of a policy keeping their service in mind, earmarking of separate parking places and action against officials who were harassing them. Auto-rickshaw operators held a demonstration along Mahatma Gandhi mark to press their demands.

The bandh, however, had partial impact on daily commuting in the capital city.

People were seen chasing overloaded town buses while several were walking down to their destinations.

The condition of passengers who alighted from trains and buses was worse. The limited number of buses was not enough to meet huge demand of passengers' when about 20000 auto-rickshaws stayed off the road.

Many government employees reached offices late while there was absolute scramble at town bus stops.

The auto-rickshaw operators were also demanding a proper government policy keeping in mind their health insurance and housing needs as they contribute significantly towards public transport system across several towns.