Strike by buses, taxis hit life in Himachal

Dharamsala: Normal life was affected Thursday due to a one-day strike call given by private bus and taxi operators in Himachal Pradesh.

The union of taxi operators has called for the strike to protest the manifold increase in various taxes on transport vehicles imposed by the state government.

The state government in a recent notification increased the token tax for taxis from Rs 1,300 to Rs 1,800, the permit fee from Rs 750 to Rs 2,500, the permission fee from Rs 120 to Rs 620 and sought to increase the registration fee manifold.

School children and officer goers were the most affected by the strike as buses and taxis kept off the roads.

The strike also had an impact on tourist station Dharamsala and surroundings where the tourists and the locals faced a tough time.

The call for the strike has been given by the All Himachal Taxi Operators Union (Mahasangh), after holding a state-level meeting recently, which has been endorsed by different taxi operators' unions.

If the government doesn't listen to our demand we shall go for indefinite strike from March 5, a Union leader said.