Starting August 29, autorickshaw unions across Mumbai were supposed to go on an indefinite strike in protest against the growing popularity of cab aggregators such Uber and Ola adversely affecting their business. Though, thanks to the intervention of transport minister Diwakar Roate, the strike has been postponed till September 1. Reportedly, Raote is expected to hold a meeting on the issue on September 1 and has communicated the same to the autorishaw unions.
Reacting to the strike and often rude behaviour of autowallahs in the city, this Mumbaikar Dhruv Souran took to Facebook to share how frustrated he is with the current situation and why some people prefer cabs over autos in the city by narrating a first-hand experience with a few autowallahs.
On August 27, Souran asked an auto driver to take him to Seven Bungalows, a neighbourhood in Andheri West, but he simply refused to go. He then asked another driver, who also refused; Souran went on to ask two more and the none of them agreed. Annoyed, Souran took out his smartphone and booked a cab right in front of the autowallas, specifically telling them to remember the episode when they decide to go on strike the next time, because he did so only after all the auto drivers refused to take him.
“The business that the autos lose is not because of Uber/Ola. The fact is that the business that Uber/Ola get is because of the auto rickshaw drivers,” he wrote.
Read his full post here:
Yesterday morning, I asked an auto rickshaw driver if he will take me to Seven Bungalows. As usual, he refused, and just stood there. Then I asked another passing auto rickshaw…he too refused and ran off. I asked a third one, he did not even bother to stop. Still, clinging on to dear hope, I requested one more empty auto…he just went off even without bothering to say “No”.
Then I turned towards the first auto guy, who was standing there watching my futile efforts nonchalantly. I showed him my Uber app, and booked a cab within 30 secs, though with a nominal surge. Then I told him in Hindi that he should remember the past 10 minutes that he saw, when the auto unions go on strike this Monday. I tried 4 autos and then booked an Uber at surge price.
Inferences for the moron(s):
1. The business that the autos lose is not because of Uber/Ola. The fact is that the business that Uber/Ola get is because of the auto rickshaw drivers.
2. A thing the auto guys need to remember – A Mumbaikar has enough money, but no time. So he will take an Uber immediately if you idiots waste his time.
3. Begging every morning for Auto guys to do their duties is not a Mumbaikar’s idea of starting his day.
4. Union’s won’t get you your passengers back. Commitment will. And yes….strikes will just drive the customers further away from you, morons.
5. Auto Strike is awesome. Makes my Mumbai beautiful.
And finally….an inference for the Government. Especially IF YOU, MY FRIEND, SHARE THIS POST :
If the government bows to the unions pressure for the votebank of autowallahs(half of them are anyway illegal)…you lose my vote for sure…and I am a part of that largely ignored but nevertheless huge votebank called COMMON MAN….whom the Congress just noticed in the last elections.
– A Mumbaikar
Souran’s post has gone viral with over 8,000 shares in less than 48 hours, and with many agreeing with his observations – not only from Mumbai but from other parts of the country as well.