How Odd! Uber and Ola Cabs Rare on Delhi Roads

Cos face heat af­ter ban on surge pric­ing by govt

The Economic Times - - Disruption: - Our Bureau

New Delhi: The num­ber of taxis op­er­at­ing on ride-hail­ing apps Uber and Ola net­works saw a sharp de­crease on Tues­day, a day af­ter the ag­gre­ga­tors sus­pended surge pric­ing for the du­ra­tion of the Delhi govern­ment’s odd-even scheme.

While con­sumers took to so­cial me­dia plat­forms, in­clud­ing, pop­u­lar mi­cro-blog­ging web­site Twit­ter, to vent their frus­tra­tion, Uber sent out a mass text mes­sage to con­sumers ex­plain­ing the short­age of taxis ply­ing on the Cap­i­tal’s roads.

“Dear Rider, if you're see­ing no cars avail­able or longer wait time, that’s be­cause of sus­pen­sion of surge. Surge en­sures there’s a car avail­able at all times. While we’re work­ing hard on get­ting more cars out on the road, please switch to uberPOOL & help us utilise the ex­ist­ing cars bet­ter. Bear with us — Uber Delhi,” the text mes­sage read. The move comes 24 hours af­ter Delhi Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal an­nounced that the state au­thor­i­ties would crack down on rideshar­ing apps, which could in­clude can­cel­la­tion of per­mits, as well as im­pound­ing of ve­hi­cles.

“Due to the ban on surge, we are un­able to get more sup­ply on the road. Our riders are see­ing es­tima- ted ar­rival time go­ing up to 25-30 min­utes and no cabs avail­able in cer­tain ar­eas. Our ear­lier ETAs were close to three min­utes on av­er­age,” an Uber spokesper­son told ET. “We have only tem­po­rar­ily and in­def­i­nitely sus­pended surge. At the same time, we are en­gag­ing with the govern­ment to ac­tively solve this prob­lem,” he added.

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