Mumbaikars Lash out on Twitter as Autos go off Roads

As auto rickshaws in the city go on strike, Mumbaikars tough it out with BEST buses and local trains.

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Representational picture of a Mumbai auto rickshaw. (Photo: iStockphoto)

The day-long statewide strike called by the Mumbai Auto Rickshaw-Taximen’s Union (MAU), the largest auto union in the city, began at midnight in the city.

The strike has been called to demand the ouster of call centre-operated Uber and Ola cabs – besides the revocation of the Maharashtra government’s decision to scrap the Hakim panel on auto and taxi fares.

Meanwhile, the office of the Transport Commissioner has taken a slew of precautionary measures to subdue the impact of the auto strike.

Apart from allowing private vehicles on the roads for the day, we have also spoken to senior Mumbai police officers who would be keeping an eye over law and order situation.
– Sonia Sethi, Maharashtra Transport Commissioner

“We have also lined up BEST and MSRTC buses which would be running extra services to serve the people. Also, we have discussed most issues with unions and have addressed many of them. Pending issues are being looked into as a priority,” she added.

Naturally, Mumbaikars weren’t exactly tickled with the whole situation. Therefore, they did what all of us aam aadmis and aurats do best – tweet about it.

A large section of the twitterati attempted to find logic in the move, showing no sympathy at all for autos that “charged a bomb”.

Yet another lot scoffed at what they saw as a ridiculous move – autos were simply playing into the competition’s hands by not plying for a whole day, they said.

Mumbaikars can heave a sigh of relief though as not all auto rickshaws are on strike. Another union, the Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union has announced that it has put forward its requests but will not support the strike.

(With inputs from PTI)

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