Kharghar auto union threatens strike over illegal vehicles
Around 600 autorickshaws from Ekta Rickshaw Sanghatna in Kharghar have urged officials from traffic and regional transport office requesting them to act sternly against bogus autos and private vehicles.
Members of autorickshaw sanghatna approached the RTO officials and have given them seven days to take action against the illegal vehicles. If no action is taken, they will stage an indefinite strike from March 21 until the issue is resolved, they said.
Autorickshaws without a valid permit and six-seater private vehicles usually ply from Kharghar railway station and near the highways, said the autorickshaw drivers.
“We have been facing problems due to the bogus autos and private six-seater vehicles which ferry passengers in Kharghar towards the interior sectors and Taloja, MIDC areas,” said Kisan Mhatre, member of the Ekta Rickshaw Sanghatna. He added that the authorized auto drivers incurring huge losses because of them.
Officials from the RTO said they would take action against the complaint soon.
“We will conduct drives in the area along with the traffic police. The problem has been persisting because after the drive is over, the vehicles come back to the same spot and start plying and we don’t have enough staff to do the drives on a daily basis,” said Anand Patil, deputy regional transport officer, Panvel RTO.