Autorickshaws plying in the city have gone on a strike protesting against the app-based auto services by multi-national companies and various other agencies. They have alleged that these online auto service providers are not following the rate chart prescribed by the state government, affecting their business and livelihood.
The auto drivers are demanding a uniform rate chart in the state for all players.
“There is no fixed rate chart and app-based autorickshaws compete with each other on the price. This is badly affecting our customer base and income,” said Padman Samal, general secretary of All Odisha Auto-Chalak Mahasangha, an association of auto rickshaws in the state.
Over 30,000 auto rickshaws ply in the city. The app-based autorickshaw services have hit their income by 30% a day. Around 500 autorickshaws are engaged by such agencies.
The regular autorickshaws charge minimum Rs 5 rupees and base price of Rs 25 in addition to Rs 5 a km. The app-based autorickshaw companies are charging Rs 3, Rs 4 and Rs 5 a km, a base price of Rs 15 and Rs 1 per minute.
The association alleged that the state government is yet to act on its demand for a proper transport policy for autorickshaws and a uniform rate chart.
Courtesy: Times of India