On December 22, 2011, a 30-year-old MNC executive, Kamlesh Natani, was thrashed by the “cab gang,” who offered him a lift from Iffco Chowk. He was a resident of Sector 10.
On September 15, 2011, Rohit Singh, a Future Group sales employee-cum-resident of Manesar was beaten and robbed by the cab gang at Iffco Chowk in a Santro car.
These are not isolated cases. Incidents of people hitch-hiking, and then being mercilessly thrashed and robbed have become a regular feature in the Millennium City. The modus operandi of the cab gang remains the same.
Sadly, such incidents are due to the absence of a proper public transport system, which does not exist in the city.
With this, residents are compelled to rely either on taxi or autos, drivers of which mostly are drunk while on duty.
Despite this, the administration seems least bothered to address the issue and, instead, keeps assuring that the city bus service would be launched soon.
The New Year began with another assurance from the administration that a fleet of 100 buses would soon ply on the city roads.
But, there is no exact information as to when the service will actually commence. Residents say they have been getting assurances for the past many years but nothing has happened on this front.
Sources said this had also increased the crime rate in the city. This is because hitch-hiking has proved disastrous in some cases. Still, the authorities seem to be sleeping over the issue.
Though there are cab facilities available in the city, residents say it is tedious to book taxis, particularly due to booking and waiting options.
With this, the only way left with residents is autos.
However, passengers are being regularly fleeced as auto-rickshaw drivers charge exorbitant fares, while ignoring the tariff introduced by the administration.
The administration has not made any move to implement the tariff plans, adding to the woes of residents.
“Though I prefer driving my own vehicle, sometimes, I take the auto. The drivers are a big nuisance. For covering a stretch of less than 4 km, they charge Rs 100, which is unfair,” said Manish Bhargava, a city resident.