Toll row: taxi unions not to go on strike

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Taxi unions that were contemplating to go on an indefinite strike from Friday, against the recent fourfold hike in toll on National Highway 7 have decided against the strike. The taxi unions will only hold a token protest at the Sadahalli gate toll plaza on Friday.

Radhakrishna Holla, president, Bangalore Tourist Taxi Owners’ Association, said that they held talks with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday. “Mr. Siddaramaiah has promised to work towards reducing toll tariff for cabs. We have decided against a strike at this juncture,” he said.

Sources say the meeting of various taxi unions and private companies running cab services on Thursday failed to be conclusive on the next course of action. Mr. Holla said that they were now working towards creating awareness about the toll hike.

Lorry strike
However, G.R. Shanmugappa, president of Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association, threatened to go ahead with their indefinite strike. All lorries will be off NH 7 from Friday, he said.

Mr. Shanmugappa said at least 1,600 lorries transporting construction materials and other goods to the city ply on NH 7.

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