After meeting stakeholders of the city on Sunday night, autorickshaw unions have agreed to call off the indefinite strike, which was going on in Kochi and surrounding municipalities for the past four days.
The unions asserted that they have called off the strike as the civic administration agreed to their key demands.
As per the discussions in the meeting, the city area limits, outside which autorickshaw can charge more, will be revised after a committee is formed to determine it. The unions have been long complaining that being such a vast city, and considering the heavy traffic, the city limit in Kochi should be revised to get distant places notified as outside city limit.
The autos can charge meter fare plus an additional 50 per cent on the difference between the fare and minimum charge in outside city areas.
The unions also said the special drive initiated against autorickshaw drivers, which the unions term ‘harassment’, will come to a close.
Autorickshaw drivers had raised complaints, as the police intensified checking on autos plying without meter.
“The authorities agreed to form a committee for deciding city area limits for the autorickshaws before February 14.
“ They have also assured us that the police will not stop autos carrying passengers for unnecessary checking.