New Delhi, Mar 19: With Ola, Uber drivers striking work on Monday, users were in for a long day. A large number of commuters in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai and Bengaluru depend on these online cab aggregators for their daily commute. The strike was called for by Maharashtra Navnirman Vahtuk Sena, the transport wing of Raj Thackeray led-MNS. The drivers had alleged that they weren’t getting their due. Also Read - Noida: DLF Mall of India Roof Collapse Footage Goes Viral, Authorities Say 'Video is Old'
Commuters in Mumbai were worst-hit with many taking to social media to vent their frustration. Reportedly, cab drivers were charging exorbitant amounts, even three times the normal fare, complained users. The state government issued prohibitory orders against the leaders of the striking drivers, Arif Shaikh, Nitin Nandgaonkar and Sanjay Naik but that didn’t deter them from creating ruckus. Nandgaonkar was caught on video, destroying the windshield of a cab. A twitter user said he was left stranded when his cab driver cancelled after making him wait, saying that the ‘seth’ had told him about the strike. Traffic has been thin on Mumbai roads despite it being a Monday. Also Read - Good News For Mumbaikars! No Prescription Needed For COVID-19 Test | Know Details
The strike call didn’t quite seem to reach Delhi, and National Capital Region, where life continued as usual. A user tweeted how he was travelling in an Uber cab and that the driver didn’t even know about the strike. People in Gurgaon and Noida said the call for strike hasn’t hit their routine at all as cabs are readily available today. Also Read - Coronavirus: As Week 1 of Unlock 2.0 Nears End, Here's Where 3 Worst-Hit States End
People in Guwahati also took to social media and said there were fewer cabs on the roads and those that did ply were charging more than the regular fare.
In Hyderabad, however, cab drivers chose to register their protest differently instead of striking work. They are sporting black bands, caps or shirts to voice their protest. There have been no reports of non-availability of cabs from the city.