Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Two strikes are called by auto-taxi unions and petrol pumps are set to cripple traffic movement and caused severe inconvenience to all the commuters in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR).
The first strike is the Auto-rickshaw and taxi unions protesting against the Delhi government’s policies on cab aggressors Uber and Ola, and the Center’s rule on speed governors.
This one-day strike is called by the Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti, which is considered one of the major, auto-taxi unions in Delhi, and is supported by others such as All India Tour and Transport Association (AITTA). Some have even threatened to block the major roads in Delhi and also stage a protest against the Centre in front of Parliament.
Delhi has about now 95,000 registered auto-rickshaws and about 1.5 lakh cabs that are plying on the city roads.
The other strike was called by the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) to make the state government reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel prices and so we will see a 24-hour shutdown of petrol pumps across the city. According to the IndianOil Corp data, petrol price was cut by 25 paise and diesel by 17 paise. Petrol was selling at Rs 81.74 a litre, while diesel cost Rs 75.19 per litre in Delhi.