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Manali cabbies on indefinite strike from May 19

MANALI

Upset with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders limiting the total number of vehicles going towards Rohtang Pass to 1,000 per day, taxi operators of Manali have announced to go on an indefinite strike from Tuesday.

“No taxi will offer its service to tourists from Tuesday,” said Puran Chand, president of Him-Aanchal Taxi Operators Union. “Service will be discontinued on all local and long routes. Strike will continue until all taxis are allowed to go towards Rohtang. We are forced to take this step otherwise our livelihood would be destroyed,” he added, reports Times of India.

All mid- and large-sized taxis of Manali, including tempo travellers, will join the strike. Thousands of tourists who are already staying in Manali would be the worst sufferers. Majority of tourists will not be able to go on sightseeing tours and would be confined to their hotels and town. The strike is expected to put its impact on summer tourism season as well.

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