Commuters bear brunt of taxi strike

Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 20:16

Kolkata: Commuters bore brunt of a one-
day token strike observed by about 33,000 taxis at the call of
the Bengal Taxi Association demanding a hike of the existing
fare following the rise in diesel price.

Barring an incident in which a taxi driver was injured
and the vehicle damaged by striking drivers, the strike was
peaceful, police said.

The Association has demanded a hike of Rs six over the
existing fare.

Taxi stands at most of the city areas were deserted,
causing inconvenience to thousands of passengers stranded at
Howrah, Sealdah and Kolkata stations, besides at the airport.

Private cars and matadors had brisk business in the
absence of majority of the taxis, charging high premium from
passengers.

Claiming success of the strike, Bengal Taxi
Association president Bimal Guha said they would wait till
July 30 for the state government to accept the demands before
they would go for a bigger agitation.

Transport Minister Ranjit Kundu had requested a
fortnight`s time on the Association`s demands for which a
token strike was called during the day, he said.

Progressive Taximen`s Association, of which Trinamool
Congress leader Madan Mitra, MLA, is the president, said it
did not participate in the strike as it would inconvenience
the commuters.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 20:16

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