Rameswaram motorists plan to protest – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

RAMESWARAM: Rickshaw drivers associated with the AITUC (All India Trade Union Congress) complain that bike rental services have lowered their demand and are eating away at their business.

Rameswaram, being one of the major tourist spots in the state, attracts several hundred visitors throughout the year. The income of rickshaw drivers mainly depends on the trips they make to tourist sites.

They also have a tour package, which covers around 100 km including Dhanushkodi and the APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial; and charges from Rs 1,200. Moreover, they also do normal rides. However, the emergence of bike rental services in recent years has completely dented their business, they say.

Talk to The new Indian ExpressAITUC District President C Senthilvel said: “We used to have at least one tour package a day. After spending on fuel and vehicle maintenance, and wandering around in the scorching heat for several hours, we only get Rs 300 at the end of the day.At present, many lodges and private parties offer bike rentals, which cost between Rs 700 and Rs 900 per day.For this reason, our activity has been severely affected over the past two months.

He claimed that bike rental services were illegal under the Motor Vehicle Act. “Citing this, we had previously submitted petitions to the police and RTOs, but to no avail. So now we are planning to have a protest in the next few days,” he said.

There are around 700 auto rickshaw drivers associated with AITUC in Rameswaram.

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