Auto strike: OTV team helps woman reach Capital hospital

Bhubaneswar: While the 12-hour state-wide strike by auto-rickshaw and taxi unions has resulted in unforeseen inconvenience for commuters, OTV crew extended a helping hand to a woman, who was stranded on her way to the Capital Hospital with her sick child.

Rashmita Rath of Balakati on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar was going to the hospital in an auto when agitating members of various auto and taxi unions intercepted them at Kalpana Sqaure. Though the woman approached the agitators to let them go citing her child’s illness, it fell on deaf years.  Rashmita got off the auto and appealed several passerbies to help her reach the hospital, but all went in vein.

The helplessness of the woman later caught the attention of an OTV team which had gone to the area to cover the strike. The team later rushed the woman and her child to the hospital in its own vehicle.

“My son is suffering from diarrhoea. I have come from Budhipada village. Some protestors stopped the auto at Kalpana square. I was walking from there when the OTV team came to my rescue,” said Rashmita.

More than 1.35 lakh auto-rickshaws and 10,000 taxis have joined the dawn-to-dusk strike from 6 AM pressing for fulfilment of various demands, including a revision in fares following fuel price rise.