Auto rickshaws to go off roads on March 22

Bhubaneswar: All Odisha Auto Chalaka Mahasangha has decided to go on a state-wide strike on March 22 protesting against hike in fee for registration, insurance and fitness certificate of the vehicles.

The Association said its urge to the Centre and State governments to withdraw the hiked fees has fallen into deaf ears.

“The State government is not paying any heed to our concerns. Many a times we have approached the government officials to reconsider the matter, but to no avail,” said Mahasangha general secretary Padman Kumar Samal.

But the strike is likely to affect students appearing for their Plus II board exams.

“We urge the parents of the students who are appearing their board exam on March 22 to make alternate arrangements to reach the examination centre. We had to take this route because the government’s decision will affect around 1.4 lakh auto drivers in the state,” he noted.

More than four lakh people travel in autos on an average in urban centres while around 1 lakh people use the service in rural areas.