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If you haven't figured it out the hard way that both Ola and Uber are unavailable today, you are one lucky person. For the rest of us, this is nothing short of an apocalypse.
Okay, maybe that's an exaggeration, but it is close enough. So, drivers of both Ola and Uber have announced that they will be on strike indefinitely starting midnight March 19, that is from today. Which basically means hailing an app cab today will feel nothing less than an episode of WWE Survivor. On the flipside, now you have a legitimate reason to reach work late.
Here's everything you need to know about the strike and how it affects you, besides the obvious.
Who is responsible?
Blame the transport wing of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) for all your travel woes.
Which cities are affected?
The strike will be observed in key cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune. In Telangana, however, the Telangana Cab Drivers Joint Action Committee has decided not to support the strike call owing to the ongoing SSC examinations and a possible disruption of the IT sector.
What are their demands?
The drivers were promised an average monthly income between Rs 1,00,000 and Rs 1,50,000 by both firms. That prompted them to invest in buying their own vehicles, assuming they would be able to cover their EMIs as well as earn enough for the month. But in reality, they are managing a meagre Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 per month. The drop in per-km fare and the fuel hike have only added to their woes.
What's in it for me?
Expect enormous amounts of surge pricing, even if you manage to book a cab through the apps. And the endless wait time is just a given. Although neither firms has issued a statement, chances are that if they are to accept the drivers' demands, there will automatically be a rise in price for you.
What are my alternate options?
Until the demands are sorted between the cab giants and the drivers, here are some alternatives you can avail of in case of emergencies.
Note: State cabs (the kaali-peeli) will be available through this period.