The lure of business and the presence of cops with their breathalysers means the city as usual will have a robust presence of fleet cabs and rickshaws.
Prasenjeet Bagchi, chief marketing officer of a popular taxi service said, “The demand is high as people do not want to ruin their night by acting irresponsible. We have asked drivers to be on duty between 8pm and 4am and 2,500 of our cars will be on the road.” The firm says bookings during new years eve are at least 30% more than usual.
According to Thampi Kurien, general secretary of the Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, said, “On a normal night, around 60% of the 1 lakh rickshaws are out on the roads. But on Dec 31, this goes up to almost 80%.”