Several auto associations have called for a bandh on the 28th and 29th of this month seeking an increase in auto charges. The associations are demanding an increase in the charges to support financially distressed auto drivers and also, the issuance of another 20,000 new permits. Auto Drivers Union JAC leaders met at Satyanarayana Reddy Bhavan in Himayat Nagar on Monday to discuss future activities.
They opined that auto drivers are facing difficulties as fares have not been increased in the city for eight years. "The demand for autos has fallen due to the lockdown, making it harder even to feed the families. Auto charges should be increased. Rs. 40 should be the minimum charge and Rs. 25 per kilometer tariff on top of it," the associations have demanded.
They also demanded that permits be issued for 20,000 new autos powered by CNG and that a welfare board is set up for auto drivers. Old-age pensions, interest-free loans for the purchase of autos, financial assistance for their children’s education are the other demands. The associations are also asking for 10,000 Rupees assistance scheme just like how it is in AP. They are also demanding a ban on autos of other districts from plying in Hyderabad city.