Autorickshaw Owners’ and Drivers’ Association strike has enetered its Third day on Sunday and there are no signs of withdrawal. A part of the association has called this an indefinite strike until their demands are met. On Saturday again the association protested at the DC office but there was no positive response from the authorities.
People, particularly those visiting the city and schoolchildren, were put to hardship with the strike. The strike began after RTO seized more than 25 Autos on Friday.
The auto drivers association is demanding a hike in the fare to Rs.25 minimum and Rs.15 per km and also ban private maxicabs, mini-vans and cabs, which were illegally picking up passengers from various points within the city while they were permitted to operate only outside city limits.
Current fare in Belagavi –
Rs.20 for 2kms and Rs.10/km
Current fare in Bengaluru –
Rs25 for first 1.9km, Rs13/km after that.