At the transport task force’s first e-meeting on Friday, autorickshaw and taxi unions demanded their services resume for all in Mumbai from June 28, with zero restrictions. Currently, autos and taxis are allowed only for essential services and on select routes such as stations.
Later, transport minister Anil Parab told the media the state is considering allowing auto and taxi operators to resume soon. “The decision will be taken only after discussing the issue with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and cabinet members. Auto and taxi operators are also demanding it and we will consider it as the government has given relaxation to a few other services,” said Parab, also chairman of the task force. — Somit Sen & Bhavika Jain