|12-hr strike by auto-rickshaw body tomorrow|
GUWAHATI, Dec 1 – Expressing dissatisfaction over the new fare structure recently announced by the authorities, the Greater Guwahati Auto-Rickshaw Coordination Committee (GGARCC) has announced a 12-hour strike on December 3.
GGARCC publicity secretary A Goswami said that the auto-rickshaw operators want the fare for the first two kilometre to be Rs 50 and then Rs 20 every km, instead of the stipulated Rs 30 for the first two kilometre and Rs 15 for every subsequent kilometre.
“The current structure is not adequate considering recent hikes in fuel prices and inflationary spiral in the economy,” he said.
Goswami also said that the GGARCC wants the State Government to ensure that fare meters are available at more shops.
“Currently, meters can be purchased from only one single shop in the city. We have no problem in having meters installed in our autos. We just want the meters to be available and for some time to have them installed,” he said.
There are around 4,500 auto-rickshaws with permit to ply in the city, with another 4,000-odd having permit for the rest of Kamrup district.