The strike follows the death of Pratap who set himself on fire and reportedly faced financial problems.
A section of taxi drivers who work with services like Ola, Uber, and the government-run Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) and ferry passengers to and from Bengaluru airport have set in motion strike Wednesday. The strike was announced a day after a KSTDC taxi driver, Pratap, died of burns he suffered Tuesday afternoon when he set himself on fire in the parking lot of the Bengaluru airport. Pratap has reportedly protested the government’s lack of help in the face of economic distress caused by rising fuel prices and bad business since the lockdown induced by COVID-19. He had suffered 70 percent burns and died.
Many taxi drivers gathered at Bengaluru airport and waved slogans protesting Pratap’s death. In view of the strike by taxi drivers, Bangalore Airport Limited, which operates Kempegowda International Airport, issued a notice asking passengers to and from the airport to take the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport buses. Corporation (BMTC) made available at the airport or make other arrangements to arrive on time at the airport.
“Taxi services at BLR airport are impacted. Passengers are urged to use the BMTC bus service to travel to and from BLR airport or to make their own travel arrangements, ”said the notice published on Wednesday. “We will let you know as soon as services are back to normal. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 080 2201 2001, ”he added.
Pratap’s death also sparked protests among the city’s taxi drivers, which could mean some taxi services could be affected in Bengaluru as well. On Wednesday morning, some of the drivers also staged a demonstration in front of the residence of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
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