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Coal town residents face problems as auto strike enters second day

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Dhanbad passengers continued to face troubles on roads for the second consecutive day on Wednesday, as a strike launched by auto-rickshaw operators remained in force.

Demanding a host of needs, including raising the minimum fare from Rs 5 to Rs 10, the unions had called for an indefinite strike on Tuesday.

Talking to The Telegraph Online, PK Chaudhary, a resident of Tapowan Colony in Dhanbad and a medical distributor, said that his workplace is 40 kilometers away from his residence. “I travel by bus from Govindpur to Topchanchi everyday. But due to the strike, it is difficult for me to travel to Govindpur, which is five kilometres away from my residence.”

Chaudhary also said if city buses were available, they would not have faced such issues.

A Purana Bazar-based book trader Rajesh Gupta said that the lack of transportation will have an effect on the market as the movement of goods will also be restricted.

“We will request the district administration to intervene to end the crisis at the earliest,” Gupta, a patron of the Federation of Dhanbad Zila Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said.

He also raised the issue of a large number of buses of the Dhanbad Municipal Corporation being non-operational.

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