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Delhi Ola-Uber stir not yet over, drivers to take out protest march on Tuesday

The march led by Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), which has also led the ongoing strike against these cab companies, will begin from Majnu Ka Tila.

delhi Updated: Feb 20, 2017 22:59 IST
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The march led by Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), which has also led the ongoing strike against these cab companies, will begin from Majnu Ka Tila. (Ravi Choudhary/Hindustan Times)

To renew their stir against mobile-based cab aggregators Ola and Uber, a section of drivers will carry a protest march on Tuesday.

The march led by Sarvodaya Drivers Association of Delhi (SDAD), which has also led the ongoing strike against these cab companies, will begin from Majnu Ka Tila.

“The protest march will culminate at the residence of transport minister Satyendar Jain. All drivers will sit on dharna in front of his official residence at Civil Lines,” said Kamaljeet Gill, president of the union.

Read: Why the Ola-Uber cab model is not good for either drivers or customers

A similar cab shortage like last week may reoccur on Tuesday with the union deciding to stage a protest march against the companies. Gill said that the aim would be to try and meet the minister to seek his intervention. The State Transport Authority has convened two meetings so far, but both failed to yield any result. Both the meetings did not have any representative from the SDAD.

On Monday, cabs were largely available in Delhi-NCR, but fares continued to be higher than normal. However, during peak hours in the morning and evening, the waiting time was higher, which went up to about 15 minutes.

“I did get a cab, but I was charged more. I paid R 430 to travel from Vasant Kunj to North Campus. Usually, Ola or Uber charge me R 170-250 or so,” said Rajinder Singh, a professor in a Delhi University College.

Read: Little money, long hours: Spare a thought for Delhi’s Ola, Uber cab drivers

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.

The striking union of Ola and Uber drivers is refusing to relent. SDAD, who claims to represent 1.5 lakh drivers in Delhi-NCR, said that although around 70% of cabs plied in the morning, a majority of drivers were off the capital’s roads in the evening.