Taxi Rides to Be Less Taxing
November 22, 2007 6:29 PM
The state government pushed through the first of Mumbai's private
taxi services last November with the launching of Arun Sabnis's Gold
Cab Service. The old unions, peopled by cabbies driving the
black-and-yellow taxis, waved black flags and staged a demonstration
even as the inauguration ceremony was on. The company ran into
problems; there was the usual red tape and Sabnis had to begin niche
segments like vehicles for disabled and special service for elderly.
But the things have sorted themselves out and Gold Cab now runs scores
V Link Travel Solutions Pvt Ltd was the next entrant. But
here, too, most chauffeurs who traded in their old black-and-yellow
vehicles for the new Esteems had teething problems adjusting to the
new, faster-moving system. Gradually, however, more and more Esteems are
now being seen on road.
Another cab service is begin launched later this month.
Called Priyadarshini, it will call cater exclusively to women;
chauffeurs, too, will be women.