Public transport in Mumbai is the lifeline of this city, our daily activities are so dependant on the public transportation that if they get disrupted our chores gets disrupted. Which is exactly the reason we were worried out of our minds when we heard that the auto-rickshaw divers across Maharashtra have called for a strike and over 2 lakh auto-rickshaw drivers in Mumbai wouldn't be working today.
The strike would have meant that we would have to arrange for different means of transportation. Luckily for us, the auto-rickshaw drivers called off their indefinite strike and the ease of travel in Mumbai would remain undisrupted.
What caused the strike?
The auto-rickshaw union of Maharashtra called for an indefinite strike, starting Tuesday, 12 am unless their demands we met in full.
The drivers union demanded a hike in minimum fares, a ban on app-based cab services including ola and uber, a police crack-down on illegal autos and buses as well as health insurance and pension schemes for the drivers.
Also, it was only recently that minimum auto fares and per-kilometer rates in Delhi were increased which had caused unrest among the auto drivers in Maharashtra.
What ended it?
Though all the demands of the Mumbai auto-rickshaw union have not been met with, Chief Minister of Mumbai, Devendra Fadnavis had called for a meeting with the union leaders. The meeting is supposed to be held today itself and would be attended by the transport minister of Maharashtra Divakar Raote, leaders of the auto-rickshaw union and CM Devendra Fadnavis.
If the strike is resumed, the commuters in Delhi will have to face huge repercussions since the autos in the city work as a major mode of transportation and even work as feeders providing last-mile connectivity to passengers traveling via local trains and buses.