The odd-even policy of vehicle currently followed in Delhi is affecting the city residents as taxi services have hiked charges to go to the national capital. The surge in demand has meant that the city- based taxi owners are increasing their fares between Chandigarh and Delhi.
Around 50% hike in fare is reported. Against the usual fare charge of `1,500-1,800 between Chandigarh and Delhi for one way, the local taxis bearing the yellow plates are found charging over `3,000 now for same one way. The scheme came into effect on April 15 and is on till April 30 in New Delhi.
The taxi owners have admitted that owing to the odd-even policy, an upsurge in their business is registered all of a sudden. The residents have no option but to hire taxis or travel by other modes, as per their convenience.
One of the owners of the city-based taxi service Chandigarh-Delhi taxi, Jaswinder Gill said, “All of our cars are bearing the yellow number plates which are not barred to enter Delhi, irrespective of odd or even number because it’s only the private numbers which are being stopped on the basis of the policy.”
However when asked that if they have raised the taxi charges, Gill said, “Rs 3,000 for one way is a normal rate while for the two-way ride we are charging Rs 4,800. If one has to stay back and come the next day, we are charging `5,800, which are common rates.”
Meanwhile, another taxi service owner from Safe tours and travels said, “The Chandigarh-Delhi rate for one-way at present is Rs 3,000 inclusive of toll tax from Chandigarh till Delhi airport and if the passenger wishes to come back the same day, then the charges are worth Rs 5,500.”
Tejas Gupta, a Sector 21 resident who is a student and goes to Delhi by his own car every weekend said, “Last weekend I had to return to Chandigarh on Sunday due to an urgent work but couldn’t come by my own car due to the odd-even policy so I came by my father’s car and now for this week this car will remain with me, which is an inconvenience for my father.”
Similarly another resident Sanchit Nayyar said “Due to this policy, it is impossible for me to take my own car to Delhi anytime I wish to. I will have to plan my schedule according to the policy.”
Meanwhile, Nidhi Arora a city resident said, “We are affected, but I believe it’s for the good. I will prefer travelling via car pooling, cab or by train instead of taking my car alone to Delhi.”