No pre-paid taxi ser­vice at Borivli

Mid Day - - City - MANJU CH­HABRA, AMIT SANGOI,

BORIVLI sta­tion does not even have a pre-paid taxi ser­vice, but it does have taxi and auto stands on both the east and west ex­its from the sta­tion. De­spite this, pas­sen­gers face dif­fi­cul­ties ev­ery day. Most auto and taxi driv­ers fix their own fare in­stead of go­ing by me­ter. If a pas­sen­ger in­sists on pay­ing by me­ter, many of the driv­ers re­fused the fare. Even if one driver (not from the lo­cal union) agrees to take a pas­sen­gers by me­ter or for a rea­son­able fare, other driv­ers gherao the ve­hi­cle, re­sult­ing in a quar­rel.

More­over, the union driv­ers don’t even al­low Ola and Uber cabs within 200 me­tres of the sta­tion. Ran­jeet Singh, Mum­bai pres­i­dent of the Dhadak Mor­cha Union, said, “Ola, Uber taxis have had a bad ef­fect on our busi­ness. That is why we pre­vent them from pick­ing up pas­sen­gers within 200 me­ters of the sta­tion.”

He also claimed that the taxi union driv­ers do not refuse fares when asked to go by me­ter. “We do not deny those who want to go by the me­ter. We also want the govern­ment

pas­sen­ger from Ahmed­abad

‘We were wait­ing at Borivli sta­tion’s taxi stand, but most driv­ers re­fused to go by me­ter. They de­manded dou­ble of what Ola and Uber were charg­ing. One cab­bie agreed to take us, but oth­ers came to fight with him. Only af­ter a long ar­gu­ment did we man­age to leave’

daily lo­cal com­muter

‘The Borivli West taxi stand sit­u­ated has merely be­come a shar­ing taxi stand. Only the union taxis and au­tos ply here. Most of them refuse short-dis­tance fares’

to start a pre­paid ser­vice here, like at the air­port.”

Borivli RPF In­spec­tor Suren­dra Chaud­hary said, “We haven’t re­ceived such com­plaints from any com­muters. If we do, we will act ac­cord­ingly.”

Pas­sen­ger Manju Ch­habra ar­gu­ing with an auto driver out­side Borivli sta­tion

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