A cab driver who allegedly set himself ablaze died final evening, following which taxi companies to the town’s Kempegowda Worldwide Airport (KIA) was disrupted on Wednesday as they stayed off the highway.
34-year-old Pratap, from Ramanagra, was working with the Karnataka State Tourism Improvement Company’s airport taxi service. He had allegedly set himself ablaze inside his automobile close to the pick-up space of the airport on Tuesday. Pratap was depressed over his monetary troubles, police sources informed PTI. Nonetheless, the precise trigger is but to be ascertained.
As he set himself on hearth, plane rescue and fire-fighting workforce rushed to rescue him and he was taken to hospital. Nonetheless, he succumbed to accidents at midnight.
Airport taxi drivers stated Pratap took the intense step attributable to his poor monetary situation, poor enterprise and lack of ability to pay EMIs. They stated most taxi drivers embrace these linked to Ola, Uber, KSDTC and different airport taxi companies stayed off the roads as a mark of protest following his loss of life, as a lot of them are stated to be going by such monetary points.
In a passenger advisory, KIA stated taxi companies on the airport have been impacted and passengers are requested to make use of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Company (BMTC) buses to journey to or from the airport or make their very own journey preparations. In the meantime, BMTC has deployed extra buses on the airport route to assist passengers.
In a collection of tweets, former chief minister HD Kumaraswamy alleged that value battle within the cab trade and authorities’s apathy has led to Pratap’s loss of life. He stated KSDTC was following taxi fare of Rs 24 per km mounted by the state authorities. Taxi aggregators, nevertheless, have been providing fares of Rs 9
per km to draw passengers, leading to enterprise loss for KSDTC drivers, he added. He urged the state authorities to intervene and are available to the rescue of the taxi drivers.