Difficult day for commuters
OT, February 29, 2012 19:00 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
When Nadeem Ahmed started for his office from Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday morning he was happy that he won't face daily traffic snarl because of elections in Noida. The traffic on the road was thin than the usual day and as a few buses were plying he decided to take auto. But he gave up the idea after he could spot only a few of them on the Kalindi Kunj road. The exorbitant fare demanded by drivers also put him off.
Anyhow he reached office and it was there that his friends and through portals he came to know that the trade unions had announced strike on that day. Some 1.2 lakh auto and taxi drivers in Delhi willingly participated in the strike, claimed the Bharatiya Private Transport Mazdoor Mahasangh.
The absence of autos and taxis from road was felt as commuting became a harrowing experience. Many people had stories to narrate.
Rashid Ahmed, who came from New Delhi railway station to Okhla, said it was difficult to get auto or taxi as drivers were demanding huge amount. "With no other option left, I banked on my friend who picked me up from the station."
Other commuters too complained about the strike. For many drivers it was field day.
But for daily commuters like Nadeem, who bank on private transport, it was a hard day. "I realized this when I returned from my Noida office. The roads were empty with only a few vehicles plying. Reaching home was difficult task."
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