People Suffer As Autos Go Off Roads
By Express News Service | Published: 07th January 2014 08:05 AM |
From having to deal with autorickshaws and taxi drivers who demanded exorbitant rates to being stranded in railway stations and bus stands, commuters resorted to different measures to deal with the autorickshaw drivers’ strike in the city on Monday.
“It was a hassle to get to the office this morning. The bus was not on time and taxis were asking for double the normal rate even for a small distance. There was also a huge rush in the buses,” Shwetha E, a resident of Rajajinagar, said.
“I had to ask my roommate to drop me at work in the last minute, when even after waiting for 20 minutes I was unable to get an auto. I didn’t know there was a strike and I could not be late as I had to make a presentation in class,” said Prajyoth Sharma, a student of National College, residing in Ramamurthy Nagar.
It was not just the commuters who were unhappy with the strike. Some autorickshaw drivers called the strike unnecessary.
“We are not gaining anything from the protest. I don’t want to participate in the strike. I don’t want to lose my daily wages because some union leader decided he wanted the day off,” said Mohammed Asif, an auto driver.
“We know there is no point in continuing the strike. But the LPG rates have to be decreased to under `50 as the auto fare is at `20. We are protesting only because we want to draw the government’s attention. If colleges go on strike, the government reacts immediately, but they are apathetic to the needs of the autorickshaw drivers,” said Shakil Ahmed, another driver.
Autorickshaw Drivers Union Member Adarsha called their strike a success. “We were not able to meet the Chief Minister. But we have presented a memorandum to him through his secretary K R Srinivas.”