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With no Ola, Uber cabs today, Gurgaon residents look for alternative transport options

Apart from these cab aggregators, the other alternative means of transport in Gurgaon are the metro services, which do not cover arterial routes, auto-rickshaws that do not have meters and the public bus service, which is woefully inadequate.

gurgaon Updated: Apr 17, 2017 22:14 IST
Kartik Kumar
Commuters across the city were hassled as drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola stopped plying demanding fare hike, shorter working hours and insurance cover among others.
Commuters across the city were hassled as drivers of cab aggregators Uber and Ola stopped plying demanding fare hike, shorter working hours and insurance cover among others.(File Photo)

With most Ola, Uber cabs likely to go off the roads on Tuesday as the drivers resume their strike to press for their demands, Gurgaon’s commuters, who rely heavily on the cab aggregators for their day-to-day commute, are desperately scouting for alternative means of transport to reach their destinations.

The cab drivers’ unions will hold a one-day strike on Tuesday claiming that the Delhi and Haryana governments are yet to fulfil the promises made to them.

Though a few Ola and Uber cabs may ply on Tuesday, there could be issues with surge pricing and availability.

Apart from these cab aggregators, the other alternative means of transport in the city are the metro services, which do not cover arterial routes, auto-rickshaws that do not have meters and the public bus service, which is woefully inadequate.

The cab drivers’ unions have decided to strike again on Tuesday claiming the Delhi and Haryana governments are yet to make good on their promises, which include revision of rates, shorter working hours, life insurance cover for drivers and abolishing the recent hike in road taxes.

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With limited options, the residents have decided to car-pool with their neighbours, colleagues and acquaintances for commuting.

“I have to take a cab to office in the morning, since my shift begins at 4 am when the metro service isn’t available. However, I can take the metro on my way home as I leave my workplace at 4pm. With (aggregator) cabs likely to go off the roads on Tuesday, I have no choice but to ask my colleague to give me a ride to work, even though he has to take a 10-km detour to do so,” Nikhil D’souza, an employee with a leading five-star hotel in Chanakyapuri, said.

Some commuters, who rely on cab aggregators, have decided to drive to the nearest metro station, park their cars there and take the metro to reach their destinations.

“I usually take a cab to college, as the nearest metro station is 5 km away from my house. But with these not plying on Tuesday, I’ll have to drive to the Huda City Centre metro station, park my car there and then take the metro to college. I don’t want to drive during rush hour,” Nishita Kapoor, a resident of Civil Lines, said.

Some residents have decided to travel to Iffco Chowk or MG Road, which falls within the ambit of the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), to reach their destinations.

“I use shared cabs to reach IGI (Indira Gandhi International Airport) for work. Owing to the cab strike, I’ll have to take a DTC bus till Dhaula Kuan from Iffco Chowk and then take the airport express line to Terminal 3,” Aakash Kataria, who works as a sales representative at IGI, said.

In February, cab services were badly affected across NCR as cab drivers’ unions had stopped plying of Ola and Uber cabs. The move gravely inconvenienced commuters who depend on the aggregator service.