Delhi: Auto-rickshaws have a free run as Ola, Uber drivers’ strike enters Day 4
A number of office-goers had to resort to alternative ways to reach their workplace on Monday morning in view of a strike by drivers of app-based cab services. However, there were still some who were stumped by the lack of Ola and Uber vehicles.
Those who arrived at the Delhi airport or railway station in the morning were the worst hit with return of surge pricing. In most cases, auto rickshaw drivers were reportedly fleecing commuters and refused to go by the metre.
“I paid Rs 270 for an auto ride from New Delhi railway station to CR Park. The usual rate is Rs 120 by metre and Rs 150 otherwise. When I tried bargaining, they sarcastically asked me to book an Ola instead,” said Junhai Jaiswal, who arrived in the capital early on Monday.
A number of office-goers used the Metro services or arranged for private cabs along with their colleagues.
The strike by drivers of the two mobile-based cab aggregators entered its fourth day on Monday with no sign of a let up. Around 1.5 lakh such cabs ply in Delhi-NCR on a daily basis. The situation could have been worse but, the kaali-peeli taxi and a section of auto-rickshaw unions pulled out of the strike on Sunday after a meeting with transport minister Satyendra Jain.
Nevertheless, auto drivers claim their demand has seen a spike after a long time. Ola and Uber had grabbed a major chunk of their business specially after the companies introduced the share or pool service. “Since morning I have made at least six trips to and from Pragati Maidan metro station. It feels like the good old days are back,” Rajneesh Tiwari, an auto driver said. Delhi has over 85,000 auto-rickshaws.
There were several daily cab users who blamed these companies for not resolving the issues sooner. “Why should we suffer? Just because they are private companies does not mean they can’t be held accountable. Whatever issue there is, they must sort it out,” said Rahul Shrivastav.
Another daily user, Tamanna Angral, said she felt cheated by these companies. “I bought an Ola Share pass which will expire on Tuesday. I still have at least four rides left, but can’t avail as there are just no cabs available. This is cheating,” she said.
The Central government on Sunday notified appointments of elevation advocates as additional judges of Punjab and Haryana high court. Supreme Court collegium had recommended names of thirteen lawyers on July 25 out of which 11 names have been cleared by the government. In the list are: taxation lawyer, Jagmohan Bansal; Harsh Bunger, Alok Kumar Jain, Sanjay Vashisth, Tribhuvan Dahiya, Namit Kumar, Harkesh Manuja and Aman Chaudhary.
Punjab government will be providing the option of home delivery of wheat flour to each beneficiary registered under national food security Act (NFSA), from October 1, food, civil supplies and consumer affairs minister Lal Chand Kataruchak said on Sunday. The scheme will be implemented in a single phase for which the entire state has been divided into eight zones. Besides, ration will now be distributed on a monthly basis, instead of quarterly.
Mansa police on Sunday dropped attempt to murder charges against Congress leader and party's Sardulgarh candidate Bikramjit Singh Mofar, who along with several other persons, is accused of having assaulted a police team on late Saturday night. The hurriedly-quashed attempt to murder charges, came just hours after police registered a first information report (FIR) in the case during wee hours of Sunday, thus indicating possible political interference in the case.
Passengers had a harrowing time on Sunday as contractual and outsourced staff of Punbus and PEPSU road transport corporation across the state went on strike, affecting bus services. The protesting employees, who had initially planned to go on strike for three days, decided by evening to resume their services after a meeting with state transport minister Laljit Singh Bhullar and assurance of a meeting with chief minister Bhagwant Mann on August 18.
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, director research & medical education, Punjab on Sunday additionally assumed temporary charge of vice-chancellor, Dr Avnish Kumar. An eminent spine specialist, 71, Dr Raj Bahadur, had resigned, citing humiliation at the hands of Punjab health minister Chetan Singh Jouramajra, who forced him to lie on a dirty mattress during a routine inspection of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital, Faridkot.