New Delhi: Delhiites may face trouble commuting on Tuesday. Autorickshaw and taxi unions are on a strike on Tuesday, protesting the mandatory installation of GPS in autos. They are demanding a subsidy on the GPS devices and also a hike in fares.
The Delhi government, though, claims that commuters will face no problems with more state transport buses operating on the roads. Representatives of various auto-rickshaw unions on Monday held a meeting with Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami, following which a number of unions decided not to participate in the strike while some others refused to reconsider the decision.
"I have told the unions that government will take a decision on the issue of fare within 15 days. However, I told them that there can be no review of decision on installation of GPS on auto-rickshaw," Goswami said. On installation of GPS, the auto unions told the Minister that they will not be able to install the GPS device selected by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd which would cost Rs 13,500 each.
The Delhi High Court had last month rejected the plea by the auto rickshaw unions opposing the city government's notification for installation of GPS in the three wheelers. The court had rejected the auto drivers' argument that the government's decision is "discriminatory and arbitrary" and had said "installation of GPS would create a proof/evidence of the route taken by the auto rickshaw drivers."
(With additional information from PTI)