Short of cabs, Gurgaon firms tell employees to work from home

  • Isha Sahni, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 15:45 IST
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The corporate firms in Gurgaon are taking steps such as allowing employees to work from home, collaborating with CNG-run shuttles and booking guest houses for employees to ensure that the sudden decrease in the fleet of diesel cabs does not affect business.

On Saturday, a Supreme Court order mandated that all diesel-run taxis in the national capital region must convert to CNG, leaving commuters stranded.

A city-based firm outsourcing for IBM has allowed its 1,500 employees to work from home for the next couple of days. Diesel-run cabs usually ferry employees to the office and back, but after the SC order, the company has not found an alternative.

“We will have to depend on CNG-run cabs or buses. The company cannot neglect the SC order and to ensure that employees are not stressed, they are allowed to work from home. If the employees are commuting using their private vehicles, reimbursements will be given,” an official of the firm said.

Large firms such as Genpact are focusing more on providing transportation to women. The multinational corporation has designated all its CNG-run vehicles to drop women employees first. The firm is also arranging guest houses near the office for women who do not get a cab. The men are asked to carpool to work or use public transport.

“The public transport is unsafe for women, which is why the company has decided not to give the cab service to men for a few weeks. A number of top management meetings are being held and soon other alternatives will be introduced,” an official from the transport department of Genpact said.

American Express and AON have collaborated with a shuttle bus service after the SC order.

Meanwhile, other firms such as Maruti, Snapdeal and Nagarro said they remained unaffected by the ban on diesel-run taxis. The firms claim they had already replaced the diesel-run cabs with CNG-run buses a few months ago.

“The company had already replaced its fleet of cabs with buses, considering the high pollution levels in the city. The ban did not affect our functioning,” an official from Maruti Suzuki said.

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