'Sorry, auto is out of gas'
On day 58 of MiD DAY's Meter Down campaign, by refusing to ply short distances, errant drivers made hapless passengers walk an extra mile to find autos that were ready to ferry them to their respective destinations
Place: Sion Junction
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Offenders caught: 4
This is unacceptable: A rickshaw driver argues with a traffic inspector
after his licence was confiscated. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi
Anup Pandya said, "Everyday, I wait for over 30 minutes to get an auto."
Saroj Shetye said, "I asked the driver for a fare to Kalanagar, but he refused and sped away."
Auto drivers speak
Chotelal Yadav: "Henceforth, I'll never refuse a passenger. Please spare me this time."
Jay Bahadur Yadav: "My auto has been troubling me for the past 2 to 3 days and I was on my way to a garage. Hence I refused the passenger."
Santosh Karbal: "Trust me, the vehicle is almost out of gas, hence I said no the passenger."
Text: Vishakha Sonawane
Place: Borivli (W)
Time: 6 pm-7.30 pm
Offender caught: 1
What luck! A driver curses his luck after being fined. Pic/Sameer
C J Kamdar said, "It's been over half an hour and none of the drivers are agreeing to ferry me."
Auto driver speaks
Manoj Kumar Yadav: "There's very little gas left in the tank."
Text: Dimpi Thakkar
Location: Borivli (E)
Time: 9.20 am-11 am
Offenders caught: 3
Did he refuse you a fare? A traffic cop confirms with a passenger
whether he was snubbed by the auto driver, just because the passenger
wanted to travel short distance. Pic/Mahesh Chafe
Shashank Tiwari said, "We asked for a fare to Ambawadi, which is nearby. However, the driver snubbed us."
Lalji Patel said, "I wanted to go to Marol, but the driver said he didn't know the route."
Manoj Shetkar said, "This is a daily problem. These errant drivers must be fined for their refusals."
Auto drivers speak
Laxman Pawar: "My meter is faulty. I had come to drop a regular a commuter."
Rajaram Giri: "The passenger only said about going to Marol, but he never mentioned where in Marol. Hence I refused to ferry him."
Ramesh Yadav: "I made a mistake. Please don't allow the cops to confiscate my licence."
Text: Shashank Rao