Chennai, Mar 28 (): Protesting against the increase in diesel price, the Tamil Nadu Omni Bus Owners’ Association and the Chennai Tourist Taxi Owners’ Association have planned to go on an indefinite strike combined with the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) on April 1.
The association will go on a strike opposing the monthly increase in diesel price and a sudden hike in third-party insurance premium. Considering the Central Government’s sudden hike in the third-party insurance premium to be unreasonable, joint secretary of Chennai Tourist Taxi Owners Association N.Srinivasan said that the centre has increased Rs.8,000 in the premium for small cars and Rs.28,000 for big buses which is very high and cannot be passed on to the commuters.
The centre’s decision has put the tourist cab and omni bus operators at immense risk, said Srinivasan adding that it would not be possible to pass this to the commuters. The ultimate remedy will be if the government increases the prices on a quarterly or half yearly basis, stressed Mr Srinivasan.
Nearly 75 lakh trucks, 40 lakh buses and 25 lakh tourist cabs will be joining the strike and would remain off the road from April 1 across the country. As part of the strike, a total of one lakh tourist cabs and seven thousand buses and staff buses in Tamil Nadu will be taking part in the strike on April 1, with Chennai alone expected to witness 25,000 cabs to remain off the roads.
The strike has been called after the announcement of the internal policy decision to increase the insurance premium from April 1, stated Mr Srinivasan who also claimed that the association will be abiding the decision of the AIMTC. The association however hopes there is no major hike as the government is discussing the matter and will come out with a favourable decision, said Mr. Srinivasan.