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Autos off the road on final day of strike; govt warns action

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 22:08

New Delhi: Majority of the auto-rickshaws on Tuesday kept off Delhi roads on the second day of the two-day strike to protest against police crackdown on those running illegally even as the city government warned them of taking action like cancellation of permit for violating norms.
Drivers belonging to 17 unions, including Bharatiya
Tipahiya Chalak Sangh, Capital Autorickshaw Drivers Union and
Rashtravadi Tipahiya Chalak Sangh, participated in the strike
which protested against the crackdown on those operating
without permits, licenses and pollution control certificates.

Rashtravadi Tipahiya Chalak Sangh president Virender Pal
said, "The two-day strike is meant to pressurise the
authorities to understand our problems."

However, Delhi Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely
today said authorities cannot compromise on norms prescribed
by the government.

"Strict action will be taken against three-wheeler
operators and drivers who violated permit conditions. Strict
action to be taken like cancellation of permit against those
violates permit conditions," he said in a statement.

He also said that the demands of the unions were "not
justified and the government could not compromise on set norms
and the law to give in to them".

Some three-wheelers were seen operating as not all unions
were participating in the strike. In Mayur Vihar, a driver who
was not participating in the strike was attacked by protesters
for plying his auto-rickshaw.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 22:08
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