The No Auto-Taxi Day came and went by, barely ruffling any feathers.
Despite the organisers attempt, the plan to boycott autorickshaws and taxis on Wednesday failed to get the expected response from commuters.
While many said they were upset with the recent auto, taxi fare hike, they claimed that there were few options when it came to travelling in the city.
“In this busy and fast paced city, where every minute counts, it was difficult for me to walk or wait half-an-hour for a bus to reach my destination,” said Nisha Shroff, 21, a media professional and resident of Ghatkopar.
The initiative was planned by Kandivli-based Acharya Atre Katta and had received support from several activists and citizen groups.
However, commuters who decided to participate complained of poor alternative transport services. “I don’t own a vehicle, so I can’t give up travelling in autos. The frequency of buses is very erratic and walking 3km was not an option for me,” said Monisha Dhirmalani, 21, an engineering student.
“It is a good initiative, but protesting for a day is not going to work,” said Kasturi Pawar, student and Mahim resident.
Rajesh Gade, chief organiser of Acharya Atre Katta, said he was glad they had created a little awareness. “We worked on a social cause, created awareness and left it on the people to take a call. Even though many travelled by autos and taxis, they aren’t in favour of the hike either.”
Anandini Thakoor, chairperson of H-west federation, said, “Unless we improve the transport system, such initiative will not be successful.People cannot do without transport and it is important we create better alternate transport systems.”
Activist Nikhil Desai said, “All commuters must carry RTO complain numbers and lodge complaints each time they are fleeced, refused or treated badly."