The two-day auto and taxi unions strike has been called off, said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Monday.

The meeting was called off after a meeting between Rai and the representative of the Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union and the Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh.

During the meeting with the transport minister, unions’ representatives raised several issues, including financial loss as App-based companies are offering cheaper fares resulting in financial loss to the auto-rickshaws and taxi permit holders.

Rai assured the unions that his department will take measures to discourage auto-rickshaws and taxis drivers from joining unauthorised App-based companies.

“The transport department will take necessary measures to strengthen the government Pucho App to promote App based business in the city,” he said. 

The taxi union also raised the issue of hike in toll tax by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) from Rs.65 to Rs.100 for taxis causing financial losses. The union requested to waive the toll tax for Delhi taxis on the lines of the exemption for auto-rickshaws with NCR permits.

Rai asked the transport department to take up the matter with the MCD for relaxation of toll charges for taxis on the lines of auto-rickshaw.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union and the Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh spokesperson said, “Our union has called off the two days protest. But, if the government fails to keep its promises, we will go on strike from April 15 i.e., during second phase of odd-even.”

“Unions representative and their office bearers were satisfied with the discussions and assurance. The Unions and their representatives unanimously decided to call off the proposed strike during the meeting,” Rai added in a statement.

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