Commuters in Mumbai may have a hard time getting around the city on Tuesday as several thousand taxis are expected to be off the roads in protest, not long after a similar agitation a few months ago.
The Hindustan Times reported that the protest has been called by the Swabhiman Taxi-Rickshaw Union, led by Nitesh Rane, the son of Congress leader Narayan Rane.
The strike has been called to demand for a ban on operators such as Ola, Uber and Taxi For Sure. The operators are said to be negatively affecting the business of the traditional black-yellow taxis. However, according to the report, the bigger taxi unions will not be part of the protest.
The Times of India has quoted a leader of the union, K K Tiwari as saying that they would take a demonstration of about 10,000 drivers to the transport commissioner's office to press for their demands. The report has also quoted A L Quadros, the leader of the biggest taxi union in the city, as saying that the protest is merely a political stunt.
In June this year, taxis went on a similar strike, affecting transport in the city. K K Tiwari had then claimed that the taxi aggregators were plying cabs "illegally" and that traditional taxis were not getting long-distance customers because of them.
Twitter users strongly voiced their discontent on the strike, saying that traditional taxis are losing public goodwill because of the move.
Mumbai #taxistrike: unions hurting own constituents, losing public goodwill to Uber / Ola who waive surge pricing for the day. Good job.
— Nitin Sharma (@nitinsharma1) September 1, 2015
Great. So the one day I need to get to meetings in Bombay, there's a taxi strike??? #lesigh
— Jaspreet Dua (@JaspreetDua) September 1, 2015
— Kashyap (@IntellisysMum) September 1, 2015
Updated Date: Sep 01, 2015 10:45:13 IST