Chakka Jam

20 July 2018:

Commuters in Guwahati had a harrowing time on Friday as the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) called “Chakka Jam” protesting the hike of diesel prices.

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As private buses were off the roads, people used buses of the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) for their movement. However, as these were crowded, many chose to ply in auto-rickshaws and taxis.

A section of commuters alleged that the auto-rickshaw drivers charged high fares by taking advantage of the situation.

“I was going from Lachit Nagar bus stop to Bhangagarh, the distance of which is less than a kilometer. When I asked about the fare, the auto-rickshaw driver charged me Rs.100. This is nothing but daylight robbery. I did not hire the auto. Instead, I walked the distance,” said an elderly gentleman.

Another person, J Bezbaruah who is a self-employed, said, “I had to pay Rs.100 for journey of just half-a-kilometer”.

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