People of Delhi-NCR are set for tough times as numerous autos and taxis will go off road today. Apart from this, the 400 petrol pumps will also remain shut today. The two strikes will have a crippling effect on the traffic. The strike has already begun to affect the commuters. People were finding it difficult to book even app-based cabs.
“The one-day ‘Chakka Jaam’ protest by the Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti is being held as the government has failed to listen to our grievances,” said Inderjeet Singh, chairman of the All India Tour and Transport Association and convener of the joint forum. “Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers are losing their employment due to wrong transport polices of the government and also due to low fares offered to commuters by cab aggregators,” he said.
The other major strike is by petrol pump owners. All 400-odd petrol pumps along with linked CNG dispensing units in the national capital will remain shut today in protest against Delhi government’s refusal to reduce VAT on fuels, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) said. The petrol pumps in Delhi will remain closed from 6 am on Monday till 5 am on Tuesday.
DPDA president Nischal Singhania said that since Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have reduced VAT on petrol and diesel, customers were deserting fuel pumps in Delhi leading to a huge drop in sales. Due to the difference in prices, there has been a sharp drop of 50-60 per cent in the sale of diesel in Delhi and 25 per cent in petrol in this quarter, the DPDA president said. He said that today all the 400 pumps in Delhi will neither purchase nor sell petrol, diesel and CNG.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and alleged that the strike by petrol pumps was sponsored by the BJP. ‘Petrol pump owners hv told us privately that this is a BJP sponsored strike, actively supported by oil cos. In fact, BJP has thrust it upon petrol pump owners. People will give BJP a befitting reply in elections for continuously inconveniencing people thro their dirty politics (sic),’ Kejriwal said on Twitter.