Kolkata transport workers to hold rally today

A section of transport workers will on Wednesday take out a huge rally to protest against what they call "anarchy" in public transport services and police atrocities on taxi drivers.

Updated: Sep 10, 2014, 09:54 AM IST

Kolkata: A section of transport workers will on Wednesday take out a huge rally to protest against what they call "anarchy" in public transport services and police atrocities on taxi drivers.

The rally could yet again immobilise traffic in Kolkata.

Transport workers of taxis, buses and auto-rickshaws affiliated to eight central trade unions, including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress, All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), will march from College Square in north Kolkata to Metro Channel in the city's centre at around 3.30 pm.

With the drivers participating in the rally, vehicles will be hard to find.

Taxi drivers have pulled out their vehicles from the city roads on six earlier occasions in less than a month by calling wildcat strikes or protest marches as part of their movement against alleged police "excesses".

At the centre of the dispute is the government decision to increase the fine for refusing passengers from Rs 100 to Rs 3,000 to combat repeated complaints.

Earlier this month, the government arrested 22 drivers for vandalism as they damaged taxis which did not heed their call and continued plying. They were released on bail after spending four days in jail.

Around 37,000 taxis ply in the city daily.

(With IANS inputs)