Hell-bent on refusing to ply short distances, rickshaw drivers point fingers at everything under the sun, even as traffic constables nab repeat offenders
Location: Outside Andheri station (East)
Time: 9 am - 11 am
Offenders caught: 13
Commuters speak: dhukar Birje, a former BMC corporator, said, "It has become a habit for autos to refuse to ply short distances. They must mend their ways as it causes inconvenience to the public."
Sandeep Pudhalkar, BMC officer, said, "The drivers want to ply on routes that they want to go and not where the passengers would like to go. They must realise that they work for the public."
Auto drivers speak: Krishnaprasad Gupta has been caught twice in the last four days for refusing to ply passengers outside the Andheri (E) station. Constable Motiram More who fined Gupta on both occasions said, "He is a habitual offender and refuses to mend his ways."
Loose Screws: An auto driver came up with the excuse that a screw in his rickshaw tyre had come loose. When the constable called his bluff, the driver began cursing heaven and earth for his woes
Spot of Bother
A few passengers alleged that some rickshaw drivers who parked vehicles next to the official stand near the bus depot demanded extra money for offering them to ply without making them stand in line. When MiD DAY approached these drivers, they accepted to take the passenger.
Accordingly, the traffic cops fined rickshaw drivers Indrayan Singh and Vaman Prabhu for accepting fares out of the stand.
Soon the two drivers along with their accomplices called up the Andheri Rickshaw Drivers' Union leader Subhash Sawant to the spot.
He said, "Only a few drivers who refuse to ply and everyone gets a bad name for it. The innocent drivers are the ones who are victimised by the passengers and traffic police."
Sawant added, "I want to appeal to the RTO officials to start another rickshaw stand near the railway station. I assure you that such refusal cases will come to an end."
Text: Nivedita Dargalkar
Pic: Mahesh Chafe
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