Mumbai: At least 200 persons from different transport divisions participated in a protest against the hike in the price of diesel and petrol at Bhandup on Monday. The protest was conducted by members of Greater Mumbai Transport Association.
On Monday, the drivers of autorickshaws, taxis and tempos participated in the protest rally. They were demanding lower prices of fuel as their daily budget was getting affected. The protestors held placards which mentioned the difficulty faced by the common man due to hike in the price of petrol and diesel. “The increase in the price of fuel has affected the common man to a great extent. It is important that the government decides to roll back on the hike. Due to the hike, the income of auto-drivers has reduced and there are no savings,” said Suresh Koparkar, Congress corporator.
The drivers said that the hike has made it difficult for him to make his ends meet. “We are unable to pay the school fees of our children. Our savings have reduced from Rs 300 to Rs 200 on a daily basis,” said Javed Patel, a tempo driver in Bhandup. The owner of auto-rickshaws said that it has become difficult to look after the needs of their driver. “It is my responsibility as the owner of the vehicle to look after the needs of my driver. Half of my income earned is spent on the maintenance of the vehicle. Hence, it is important that the government pays attention to all these problems,” said Ravi Nair, who owns three autorickshaws.