New Delhi: Planning a day out on February 20 and 21, think twice before going as auto and taxi drivers are preparing to stage protests in the national capital demanding hike in fares.  

Auto and taxi unions have been holding talks since long with the government over the issue of fare hikes, but of no avail. Failure of talks between the two sides seems to have compelled the unions to hold protest and block all roads in the national capital on February 20 and 21.

Several auto drivers gathered at Jantar Mantar under the banner of Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh on Monday morning to hold discussion on their long pending demands and preparations to stage protests.

Bhartiya Private Transport Workers Union Chief Rajendra Soni said, “Earlier we were purchasing CNG at Rs 21 per kg and now it has been raised upto Rs 39.90 per kg but fare hike has not been allowed. Even the government is not concerned over making changes in the current fares.”

He further demanded to ease the Transport Department’s current process for issuing vehicle driving permit and badges.


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