Autos go off roads in Thane in protest of limited CNG supply

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Thane, Aug 20 (UNI) Officegoers and citizens in the city were put to inconvenience today after the Thane Shehar Auto Union called for a 24-hour strike in the city.

The strike was called to protest the limited CNG supply and the likely introduction of electronic meters by the government. A total of 18,000 rickshaws were off the roads since midnight.

The Thane Shehar Auto Union leader Virendra Singh admitted that the strike would affect the citizens putting them through great hardships, but said that they had no other option as this was the only way to make the government see their point of view.

Stating that the CNG pumps in Thane are closed at night, which makes the drivers queue up since early morning to fill their tanks to ensure that their business is not affected, Mr Singh put forward the demand of the drivers that the CNG pumps should be kept open for 24 hours of the day.

Regarding the electronic meters, the rickshaws drivers said that this would entail an additional financial burden on them.

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