Kolkata: Kolkata a victim of ‘Bandh Culture’ is again struck by a two day taxi strike from Thursday. The passengers are facing the burnt as majority of the taxis goes off the road and the few available are almost extracting a exorbitant fair from the passengers.
The strike has again paved the way for the auto-rickshaws who are demanding twice the original fair from commuters. The tourists too are facing severe problems as taxis area not available at Howrah and Sealdah station.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)’s labour wing Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has called for a two-day-long taxi strike on several issues in Kolkata on Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, West Bengal government is taking steps to foil the taxi-strike.
State’s transport secretary Alapon Banerjee told IBNS, “We have decided to run extra government owned buses (CSTC and CTC) tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. Private luxury cabs including OLA, UBER, MERU and MEGA will be run in sufficient numbers in these two days.”