New Delhi: Transport facilities at railway stations and IGI airport returned to normal late on Thursday evening after auto and taxi unions called off their strike. However, the unions have given the government 15 days to frame rules for app-based cabs failing which they will start an indefinite strike.
Till 6pm, autorickshaws and app-based cabs were not allowed to enter the railway station premises, leaving several passengers stranded. Most passengers had to walk out of the station to get some form of transport.
Police vans were deployed at railway stations to keep a vigil on union members after violence was reported during the first two days of the strike.
All Delhi Taxi Union secretary Prem Jeet Singh said, “We called off the strike around 6pm. We met transport minister Satyendar Jain in the afternoon. He told us that banning app-based cabs or making changes to rules was the Centre’s prerogative.”
“But when we went to meet Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, he said app-based cabs come under the ambit of the state government. We met Jain met again in the evening and he assured us of framing stricter norms after which we allowed the entry of cabs and autos at railway stations,” Singh added.
Till the strike was called off, commuters continued to be harassed and fleeced by cab and auto drivers, who were still plying despite the strike. “I am from Punjab and unaware of the places in Delhi. A cycle-rickshawallah finally helped me out. He told me to take the Metro to my destination, Akshardham,” said Prakash Lal, a businessman who had come to Delhi to see his relatives.