Taxi drivers

Taxi drivers cancel trips on Chandigarh-Zirakpur section during rush hour: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Gaurav Kanthwal
Zirakpur, February 27

Due to frequent traffic jams and long journeys, taxi drivers have been canceling trips on the Chandigarh-Zirkapur highway for some time, locals say.

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“Unsustainable Journey”

Taxi drivers cancel rides once they are told the destination is Zirakpur. Growls increase fuel consumption, making it an unsustainable trip for them. — Balkrishan Mehta, a commuter

Due to the long travel time during morning and evening rush hours and traffic problems, app-based taxi drivers today avoid this stretch, making it more difficult for people to travel on this stretch. section.

Swati Sachdeva, a resident of Zirakpur, explains that on Saturdays it is difficult to book an evening race. “I was supposed to go home from my office in Sector 32 but no one was willing to go from Zirakpur side. I tried to book a ride but once I told the taxi driver about it, he immediately canceled the ride after he signed out.After trying three or four times I had to take a car share.

Motorists on the NH-5 are stuck daily in long traffic jams due to the underpass under construction near the Chandigarh border. Office workers and residents have to bear the weight of creeping traffic on this 2 km stretch. Another resident of Zirakpur, Vivek Soni, an employee of the District Courts of Chandigarh, says, “Everyone knows that app-based taxi drivers cancel rides once they are told the destination is Zirakpur. . Obviously, they don’t want to waste their peak time in a traffic jam. Growls increase fuel consumption, making it an unsustainable trip for them. While the taxi driver avoids the headache, it is the commuter whose woes keep increasing,” said Balkrishan Mehta, a Chandigarh resident and superstore sales manager, who commutes to Zirakpur daily. .

Taxi drivers, for their part, say that a two to three hour journey in a traffic jam makes no financial sense for a 200 rupee journey.

“Fuel prices are rising. We can’t afford to waste three hours on a trip that leaves us with nothing. After a hard day’s work, no one wants to voluntarily drive in a traffic jam,” said Gurwinder Singh, an app-based taxi driver.

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