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Kolkata: With a section of the yellow taxis joining in, the 48-hour strike called by West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild evoked a major impact today 2 July.

As a result, people in Kolkata today suffered more than what they had faced on the day one of the strike yesterday.

Yesterday, prepaid yellow taxis at Kolkata airport, Sealdah and Howrah railway stations had offered some succour to the stranded passengers.

Today the situation took a different turn.

At the behest of the West Bengal Taxi Operators Coordination Committee, about 50 per cent of the 12,000 yellow taxis that now operate in Kolkata went off the roads since the morning.

Owing to this, the number of prepaid taxis available at the airport and the railway stations was far less as compared to the large number of passengers. Thus, people had to stand in queues for hours altogether.

Finding no other way out, a section of passengers even shared the same taxi heading towards a common direction or nearby.

But ever after this, it was not that all travellers could reach their destination unhindered. A group of drivers, participating in the strike, forced passengers out of a yellow taxi at Wellington in north Kolkata.

This happened when the taxi was trying to overtake a rally taken out from Subodh Mullick Square by drivers owing allegiance to CPI’s All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

The Guild had called for the 48-hour strike demanding higher share of the profit for app cab drivers, clearing payment faster, and an end to harassment by police.

The yellow taxis joined in today on the harassment issue and demanding an increase in fare.