After app-cab, Yellow taxis to go on strike today

  • | Tuesday | 2nd July, 2019

It is also organizing a march to the police headquarters to protest against ‘police atrocities’.However, yellow cab (metered taxi) drivers made hay after app cabs went off the streets on Monday.

KOLKATA: With the two-day app-cab strike on, commuting distress for Kolkatans is set to worsen on Tuesday as a yellow taxi drivers’ union is going on a separate strike.

It is also organizing a march to the police headquarters to protest against ‘police atrocities’.However, yellow cab (metered taxi) drivers made hay after app cabs went off the streets on Monday.

The cabbies demanded five times the regular fare and refused to switch on the meters.The fare from Burrabazar to the airport should not exceed Rs 500. However, yellow taxi drivers demanded Rs 2,000 for the stretch in the morning. Out of options, Rajeev Kaushal, a trader who had to attend an urgent meeting at Mumbai, paid through his nose.

 “Before that several taxi drivers refused to take me to the airport. As I was getting late, I agreed to pay the amount,” Kaushal said.The refusal of yellow cabs was at an all-time high on Monday. “I was not given any scope for negotiation. The driver demanded Rs 700 for a ride from Howrah to Mominpore.

Normally, it costs Rs 150,” said Monirul Laskar, a Mominpore resident.General secretary of the AITUC-affiliated Kolkata Taxi Operators’ Union Nawal Kishor Shrivastav said, “We have written several letters to the state transport department to resolve several long-standing issues.

Taxi drivers in the city do not have designated spots to wait for passengers. They have to keep moving in search of passengers. If they stop, they are booked. A cabbie ends up spending almost his entire earning either to pay fines or to grease the palms of cops.

 We wanted intervention of the transport department. So far, we have not yet received any reply.”Anticipating greater trouble on Tuesday, Kolkata Police has decided to operate special control rooms at Dorina crossing in Esplanade, and at the railway stations in Howrah and Sealdah.

 Additional forces will be deployed in these areas to avert untoward incidents. Bidhannagar Police will operate a similar control room at the airport. WBTC will run its full fleet and keep a reserve fleet to cater to the areas where passengers are stranded.


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