Taxi strike affects commuters, daily wagers and hawkers

Shillong, Feb 3: The indefinite strike called by the Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles (MJACCV) which started on Wednesday has affected not only commuters but also daily wagers and hawkers.

The Iewduh which is the biggest market in the state was devoid of any buyers even though most of the business establishments were opened.

However, the stalls selling beef and pork were mostly closed since there were no vehicles to transport the meat.

“There are no buyers today. Since villagers could not come due to the strike,” a woman trader said.

She also said that the traders are in support of the strike since the rise in prices of petrol and diesel has affected all.

She said that the government should listen to the voices of the poor because with the increase in prices of fuel the vehicle fares have gone up and small time traders won’t be able to survive especially since business has dropped since COVID-19 pandemic.

Another woman trader said that with the increase of fares due to rise in fuel prices people from far flung areas have stopped visiting Iewduh, thereby affecting their businesses.

A woman who sells kwai on the roadside said that she could not sell anything since there were no buyers.

“We also feel for the taxi drivers. If the rates of petrol and diesel are hiked they will obviously have to increase the fares. But if fuel prices are brought down the fares will automatically come down,” she said.

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