New Delhi, March 19: As Ola and Uber drivers launched a nationwide strike from Monday, people of major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune are facing major problems in commuting. Major amount of users of the services of Ola and Uber include office goers and college students. Also Read - Uber India Head Takes Over as Asia-Pacific Regional Manager
Users of Ola and Uber cabs in Mumbai are facing tough times as cabs were not easily available there. However, the nationwide strike seems to have little impact on Delhiites and those living in the National Capital Region. Taking to Twitter, a Gurgaon man posted,” I am riding in a Uber in Gurgaon right now. The driver said that he doesn’t even know that there was such a strike planned! The strike is definitely a failure in this area.” Also Read - Ola Resumes Airport Operations Across 22 Locations in India
Transport officials in Mumbai have also requested Kaali Peeli and auto-rickshaw unions, and BEST, to operate more vehicles, especially on office-going routes. According to a report of Times of India, police may invoke section 149 (unlawful assembly) to detain protestors if they take out a morcha to Ola and Uber offices. Talking to the daily, a senior inspector said,”Stringent action could be taken in case of violence.” Also Read - COVID-19: Ola to Lay Off 1,400 Employees as Revenue Declines by 95% in Last 2 Months
The strike has been organised by Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena, the transport wing of Raj Thackeray-led MNS. The drivers are protesting against the big assurances given to them by the cab companies. They have claimed that the companies are not able to cover their costs even.
Speaking to reporters, Sanjay Naik of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena said,”Ola and Uber had given big assurances to the drivers, but today they are unable to cover their costs. They have invested Rs 5-7 lakh each and were expecting to make Rs 1.5 lakh a month but are unable to even make half of this, owing to the mismanagement by these companies.”