CNG auto, taxi drivers to protest e-token system
B’town won’t have vanity vans this Dec
The taxi and auto unions have once again threatened to go on a strike. However, this time, they will be protesting the Mahanagar Gas Limited’s (MGL) decision to make online booking for CNG mandatory. The Bombay Autorickshawmen’s Union and Mumbai Taximen’s Union have threatened to stage a protest on December 13.
They will begin this protest at 10 am in front of MGL’S office in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC). “We are protesting the mandatory online booking to fill CNG in taxis and auto rickshaws. Majority of taxi and auto rickshaw drivers do not have smart phones nor do they know how to use one for taking these appointments,” said AL Quadros, General Secretary, Mumbai Taximen’s Union.
As per this process, one can take an online appointment for filling up gas at any CNG station nearby. The unions are, however, claiming that autos and taxis will find it difficult as they ply for 7-8 hours and in case of an emergency, they will not be able to wait for an online appointment, which, a car-owner can book easily. Currently, there are more than 3 lakh CNG vehicles plying, including private cars, taxis and autos. The drivers claim that there are only 135 outlets, which lead to traffic snarls.
DNA Correspondent Bollywood stars might lose their vanity vans as the association of vanity van owners have threatened to go on a strike from December 10.
The Bollywood Celebrity Vanity Van Association and the All Camper Van Owners’ Association have decided to go on an indefinite ‘non-cooperation movement’, which is expected to impact nearly 6,000 people from the film fraternity and the ongoing film shootings.
The protest comes after the Maharashtra government, as per new tax rule 2009, will start charging tax as per 5,000 sq meter for a vanity van from the owner, amounting to Rs 1,25,000 per annum. “Nowhere in the country is the tax charged on the dimension of vehicles. This is happening only in Maharashtra for vanity vans. In other states, the taxes on vanity vans are not more than Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 per annum, even a lifetime tax is for Rs 1 lakh,” said Ketan Rawal, President, All Camper Van Owners’ Association.
The tax is said to be highest in Maharashtra as compared to Gujarat where the tax is Rs 57,725 for 10 years, and in Delhi where the weight of vehicles is taxed.
Artist Anpu Varkey paints a graffiti on a building in Shahu Nagar at Mahim for the St+art Festival which is scheduled from December 1 to 22
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