12-hour auto-taxi bandh hits normal life in State

Bhubaneswar: Normal life was partially hit in the State on Thursday following the strike called by auto-rickshaw and taxi unions to press their demands, including reduction in petrol and diesel prices and increase in fares.

Auto-rickshaw and taxi users have faced a lot of inconvenience in reaching to their destinations since today morning across the State as these vehicles under the banner of All Odisha Auto and Taxi Federation remained off the road.

The federation has called for a 12-hour bandh across the State. People in cities like Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Berhampur, Sambalpur, Jeypore, Bhadrak and Balasore have faced a lot of trouble in moving to markets and other places. Villagers have too faced problems.

According to the federation, the all-time hike in petrol and diesel prices has hit them hard. If Government don’t reduce fuel prices, they would intensify the strike.

The strike began at 6 am would continue till 6 pm.

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