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Kolkata: People either struggled for a toe-hold in crowded buses or paid through their nose for a taxi on the first day (1 July) of the two-day strike by the app cab operators in Kolkata.

The West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild called for the strike against the alleged low share of the profit that the online cab hailing platforms like Ola and Uber are paying them.

Kolkata Luxury Taxi Association, which rents out cabs to tourists and business travellers to the city, also joined in the strike.

As a result of the strike, people in the city faced immense hardship in reaching their destination throughout the day.

Especially those scheduled to catch a flight or train were left at their wit’s end as waiting time for an app cab jumped eve up to an hour. This is even as the fare had surged by up to 30-40 per cent than the usual.

Moreover, the strike was physically enforced on the cabs that hit the streets defying the strike.

In one such case, the strike conveners forced the passengers out from a cab at Esplanade and then vandalised it. Police arrested three persons for this.

With hundreds of people arriving at Howrah and Sealdah railway stations caught unaware by the strike, police tried to salvage the situation with the yellow cabs.

However, with the app cabs having elbowed out a large number of yellow cabs from Kolkata streets, the ones available were far less than the demand.

The worry is that not only the app can operators have decided to continue with the strike, but they are also pursuing the yellow cabs to join the strike tomorrow 2 July.