Thankfully, Gurgaon remained unaffected by the cab strike on Friday. Sarvodaya Drivers’ Association, the main union of cab drivers in NCR, carried a protest outside the Delhi secretariat. They confined their strike within New Delhi.
However, certain parts of New Delhi faced a delay in cab availability during the afternoon hours.
President of the Sarvodaya Drivers’ Association said, “We are trying to gain the attention of the Delhi government, and seek its help to improve the appalling condition of cab drivers.”
They are angry with the government since it has done nothing to ban the shared cab and bike service in the region by app-based aggregators OLA and UBER.
OLA officials reiterated their stand.
“We have heard about the strike by some driver partners in Delhi from media reports. As of now, there is no impact on our services and it is business as usual,” confirmed an OLA spokesperson.
The fact that services remain largely unaffected has been corroborated by residents as well.
“I was thinking of taking my personal vehicle to work and just before leaving took a chance to check if cabs were still available. I was fairly surprised to see that a number of cabs were literally placed on my doorstep,” said Tumul Kumar, a resident of Sector 56, Gurgaon.
A lot of cab drivers were unaware of the protests happening in New Delhi.
“I asked the driver about the situation of cabs in the city, and he told me that he didn’t know anything about the strike,” said Chinmaya Singh, a resident of Suncity.