Kharghar auto union threat­ens strike over il­le­gal ve­hi­cles

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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