Auto strike in Maha called off today after Fadnavis intervenes, unions likely to meet CM over demands


Mumbai: Autorickshaw drivers across the state have called off their proposed indefinite  strike that was scheduled to begin from Tuesday midnight.

Maharashtra Auto Rickshaw Union called off their strike and are set to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today to hold talks in order to fulfill their demands, including a hike in minimum auto fares and complete shutdown of Ola and Uber cab services in the state.

The list of demands includes an increase in the minimum auto fare, to stop giving new auto permits, a complete ban on Ola and Uber services in the state and to provide badges to those who have been driving autos for more than three years.

Mumbai Auto-Rickshaw Drivers’ Union is the largest union of Mumbai city, and a strike is likely to affect many commuters across the state.

As per the revised fare structure, there will be only four pricing slabs: 0-5 km, 5-10 km, 10-15 km, and over 15 km. The minimum non-AC bus fare has been brought down from Rs 8 to Rs 5 for the first five kilometres and the maximum fare for non-AC buses has been fixed at Rs 20.

The minimum AC bus fare has been reduced to Rs 6 from Rs 20, while maximum fare has been capped at Rs 25. From Tuesday, the fare slab for non-AC (regular) buses will be Rs 5, 10, 15 and Rs 20, while it will be Rs 6, 13, 19 and Rs 25 for air-conditioned buses.

While the reduced prices would be a massive relief for commuters in the city, the availability of autos as usual too would ensure a hassle-free experience on the road. This after Maharashtra Auto Rickshaw Union called off their strike.


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