New Delhi: Commuters may face difficulty on Tuesday as a number of auto rickshaw and taxi operators' unions will go on a strike demanding hike in fares, not heeding to an assurance by Delhi government today that a decision on the issue will be taken within 15 days.

The auto unions have also been protesting government's directive to install global positioning systems in their vehicles due to "high cost" of the equipment.

In view of the strike, Delhi government asked Delhi Transport Corporation to deploy as many buses as possible on the road tomorrow.

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."

Several autorickshaw unions, including Rashtriya Rajdhani Kshetra Tipahiyaa Chalak Union, decided to stay away from Tuesday's strike while some others such as Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh Auto Union resolved to go ahead with the strike.

Goswami said that in view of strike, DTC has made all arrangements to ensure commuters do not face any difficulty.

"All the DTC depot managers and regional managers have been directed to ensure maximum deployment of buses", he said.

He said DTC will deploy extra buses from railway stations, interstate bus terminals, airport and hospitals.

(Agencies)

Latest News from India News Desk