'It's impossible to find an auto'

On day 56 of MiD DAY's Meter Down campaign, passengers lamented about the difficulties faced by them in finding autos that are ready to ply them to nearby destinations

Place: Mankhurd Station
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Offenders caught: 3
Commuters speak
Kalpana Ramchandra Holkar said, "My sister is physically challenged. Despite pleading with the drivers to ferry us, they never agree. On a daily basis, we waste a minimum of 30 minutes before we get an auto."

Hyatudin Shaikh said, "These drivers lack respect for the elderly. It has become next to impossible to find an auto that is ready to ferry me to my residence at PMG Colony."

Stop targeting us! An errant auto driver argues with a passenger and
a traffic cop after he was reprimanded for refusal. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi

Auto drivers speak
Bandhu Ramchandra Chavan: "Since I operate on a sharing basis, I don't ply passengers by meter."

Naseerudin Sheikh: "How come it's my fault if the vehicle has developed a technical snag? You are wasting my precious time."

Shri Jakhprasad Yadav: "I had to drop my relative to a clinic in this area and was waiting for him to return. Hence I refused the fare."

Text: Dimpi Thakkar

Place: Borivli Station (E)
Time: 10.15 am-11.45 am
Offenders caught: 4
Commuters speak
Chandrakant Gurav said, "Without giving a proper explanation for his refusal, the driver just sped away."

Chandrakala Sawant said, "Being a flower vendor, I always have some luggage with me. Most of the drivers refuse me, stating that the luggage is too heavy for their vehicle."

Auto driver speaks
S Shukla: "What's the harm if we refuse to ply?"
Text: Shashank Rao

Place: Sion Junction
Time: 10 am-11.30 am
Offender caught 1
Commuter speaks
John D'Souza said, "I had to go to Borivli and was refused by several drivers before one of them finally agreed to ply me. Why do these drivers refuse to ply passengers when they are not supposed to?"

Auto driver speaks
Mohammad Anwar: "Sorry, but I have to refill the gas tank urgently."

Text: Vishakha Sonawane

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