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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

New Delhi: Illegal cabs city’s latest death traps

Jatin Anand & Karn Pratap Singh , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 16, 2013
First Published: 00:51 IST(16/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:27 IST(16/2/2013)

It’s been two months since the Delhi gang rape, but the city is no safer. The Delhi police claim to have cracked down on private chartered buses, but the city has got its latest ‘death traps’ in BPO cabs and registered taxis picking up fares randomly, revealed a reality check by HT.

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When HT explored the route the 23-year-old physiotherapist and her friend took on December 16 — from Saket to Mahipalpur via Munirka — it discovered that now, once Delhi Metro calls it a day at 11pm, and fewer Delhi Transport Corporation buses operate on less than a dozen routes, these ‘unofficial cabs’ rule the streets.

HT spotted pick-up points for these vehicles that charge anything from Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 depending on the distance, time of the night and the passenger’s desperation.

“As soon as we thought we had been able to somewhat reign in chartered buses with the support of the state transport department, drivers — both of private and commercial vehicles — have filled the vacuum,” admitted an officer.

Police sources from south Delhi, where the brutal gang rape had happened, claimed they fine at least seven to eight such vehicles plying through their district, every night.

In the last six months, more than 1039 drivers have been detained, 3862 vehicles checked  and 584 impounded, said police.


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