For commuters who depend on taxis, it won’t be a manic Monday as more cabs have started hitting the roads even as a section of drivers continued their strike against mobile-based cab aggregators Ola and Uber.
Over the weekend, commuters in Delhi-NCR had some respite when they were able to book rides after facing massive crunch over the past 10 days. Cabs were available on Ola and Uber’s apps throughout the day in the national capital.
“We are now fully operational in Delhi-NCR,” Ola said in a notification to its costumers on Sunday.
Last Monday, commuters faced a harrowing time with cabs going off the roads while auto rickshaw drivers resorted to fleecing them. Even the metro had recorded a six percent increase in its ridership.
But fares continued to be higher than normal during morning hours. “The waiting time for booking a ride is far away from the usual duration. But, I did get a cab finally after trying for nearly a week,” said Amit Nath, a resident of Uttam Nagar.
However, the striking union of Ola and Uber drivers is refusing to relent. Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), who claims to represent 1.5 lakh of drivers in Delhi-NCR, claimed although around 70% of cabs plied in the morning, a majority of drivers were off the capital’s roads on Saturday evening.
“We have so far not called off our strike. It will continue till our demands are met. Hundreds of drivers are still on dharna at Jantar Mantar in favour of their demands,” said SDAD vice-president Ravi Rathore, who is currently admitted at RML Hospital after his condition deteriorated during a hunger strike that began on February 10.
Kamaljeet Gill president of the union said that there was still no fresh communication from Ola, Uber or the Delhi government.
Thousands of drivers are on strike since February 10 in Delhi-NCR demanding an increase in fares from the existing R 6 per km as well scrapping the 25% commission the app-based aggregators charge on every booking.