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Gurgaon traffic: Commuters left stranded as auto, taxi drivers blame AAP govt

While the end of the three-day auto and taxi strike in Delhi has come as a big relief for Delhiites, commuters travelling to Gurgaon and vice versa are having a harrowing time due to massive traffic jam on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway on Friday.

After heavy rain flooded the national capital on Thursday evening, commuters on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway were stuck in a traffic jam for hours. The situation on Friday morning did not improve either. All kinds of vehicles, from cars to buses and bikes have been left stranded as heavy rain inundated the Hero Honda Chowk in Gurgaon.

Though the two incidents are different in connotation — the common factor between the two, is that both have caused immense grief to commuters in the last three days. Both the incidents speak about the worsening administration and deteriorating civic facilities and traffic system in the national capital and in the Millennium City that is Gurgaon.

Up-in-arms against the Kejriwal government, Delhi’s auto rickshaws and traditional taxis (yellow-black) resorted to an indefinite strike on 26 July, which finally ended on 28 July evening.

It had been a nightmare for the aam aadmi — the common man of Delhi — who moves on public transport, due the auto and taxi unions that called for a strike as the Delhi government failed to pay heed to their demands.

“Today is the third day of our strike and there’s no response yet from the government. If Kejriwal government remains deaf to our demands, we will escalate our agitation. Our members are so frustrated that some of them may get into an aggressive form of demonstration,” a group of auto and taxi drivers, who were staging demonstration in front of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at Civil Lines on Thursday afternoon, had told Firstpost.

Delhi’s 85,000-odd autowallahs — the original aam aadmi and staunch supporters of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its supremo Arvind Kejriwal — are now up in arms against the same person for whom they had campaigned and had played an instrumental role in the formation of the AAP government in Delhi.

Unlike on the first and second day of the strike on Tuesday and Wednesday, the situation was relatively better on Thursday, as few autos could be seen plying in certain pockets of the city. 

But, gradually from afternoon, due to pressure from respective unions, auto drivers refused to take passengers.

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