Autorickshaw,Taxi drivers charge double fare during BEST strike
It is not something new that whenever there is a strike called by the BEST, the taxi and auto drivers take advantage of the hapless situation of the commuters. With the BEST employees on strike since Tuesday morning demanding a hike in their salary, it has affected nearly 25 lakh commuters who are placed in a precarious situation. The strike has proved productive for autorickshaw and taxi drivers. According to the commuters, autorickshaw drivers have been charging double fare on the backdrop of the BEST bus strike.
Commuters are now paying ₹40 instead of ₹25 to ply from Kurla (W) to BKC, family court. Likewise, drivers are charging ₹25 to ₹30 from CSTM to Gateway of India despite fixed fare.
Meanwhile, the state government has moved to invoke the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) against BEST employees. On Tuesday evening, 11,000 of BEST’s Kamgar Sena withdrew their support to mitigate Mumbaikars’ woes.
Sanjay M Bhaire
(The author is Editor-In-Chief, Across State-Across Mumbai News)
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