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Chandigarh cab service providers cash in on Diwali festive rush

People preferring to book a cab than to venture out in their private vehicles to avoid parking problems.

punjab Updated: Oct 18, 2017 12:00 IST
Ifrah Mufti
Ifrah Mufti
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
cab service providers,Chandigarh cab,Diwali festive rush
There has been a significant uptick in the rides and trips requested in and around popular markets in the city, including Sectors 17, 11 and DLF City Centre, said a Uber spokesperson.  (HT File )

Drivers working with app-based cab services are cashing in on the festive rush. Residents are preferring to book a cab than to venture out in their private vehicles to avoid parking problems.

Roads to avoid in Chandigarh
  • Near Shastri market, Sector 22
  • Sector-35 market road
  • Sector-19 market road (near Palika Bazaar)
  • Sector-28 light point to Industrial Area, Phase 1
  • Sector-15 market road
  • Kalagram light point

“Last week, I was stuck in traffic in the Sector-19 market. To avoid it, I decided to go for shopping by cab,”said Sheerin Zaman, a Sector-20 resident.

There has been a significant uptick in the rides and trips requested in and around popular markets in the city, including Sectors 17, 11 and DLF City Centre, said a Uber spokesperson.

25% hike is fares

The high demand has seen a rise in fares by around 25%.On a short route between Sectors 20D and the Sector-22 Shashtri market, the fare has gone up by Rs 15-17. Earlier, it used to cost Rs 45-50. Now it costs Rs 66. Similarly, fare between the Sector-17 and Sector-19 markets has gone up to Rs 62 from Rs 50.

Roads to avoid in Mohali
  • Phase 3B1, 3B2 roads
  • Phases-7, 10 market roads
  • Shastri market road in Phase 4

Even commuting from the Sector-15 market bus stop to Student Centre in Panjab University is costing Rs 57.

“The cab has started charging me Rs 15 extra all of a sudden,” saidRoopal Jain, a student staying at a paying guest accommodation in Sector 15. “The trip fares continue to be competitive,” said the Uber spokesperson. “Upfront fares are calculated using an algorithm that takes into consideration the expected time and distance of the trip, local traffic patterns, demand and supply at a given location.”

Roads to avoid in Panchkula
  • Housing Board light point
  • Sector 7/18 roundabout

He said when dynamic pricing kicks in due to high demand, it incentivises drivers to get their cars out on the roads to address the demand. Residents, however, question the high fares.

“When we require discounts and offers the most, the fares have gone up,” said Krutika Kakkar of Sector 23. Ola spokesperson refused to comment.

Additional parking in UT

Visitors to markers can park their vehicles in adjoining government schools after 3pm: Sectors 15, 18, 19, 20-B, 20-D, 22-A, 22-C, 35, 37-C, 40-B, 41-D, 45-D, 47-D.

First Published: Oct 18, 2017 12:00 IST