In light of the Bombay High Court allowing yet another hike in taxi fares, we get reactions from Mumbaikars on the High Court ruling.
"I cannot fathom the need for a fare hike as most of the taxis refuse to take you where you want to go. At least Rs. 19 as a minimum fare seemed affordable to middle-class people but the recent hike seems unnecessary. The hike has not taken the aam janta into consideration, who have to avail autos and taxis on a daily basis because they don't have much of a choice. The salary will not increase as per the hike, will it? The government should not encourage such moves."
-Bhoomi Joshi, Banker, 23, Fort
"I am not much of a taxi user but it definitely affects me. It's a big cycle—a hike in petrol and diesel prices leads to a hike in auto rickshaw and taxi prices. Eventually, all of this targets the common man who is made to suffer. Everything should be kept under control to help the smooth functioning of transportation facilities."
-Jigar A. Shah, Banker (Forex department), 33, Elphinstone Road
"I work at Colaba—at times I travel by bus but not always because they don't ply frequently to my workplace, which is why I have to hail a cab. Auto rickshaw fares are comparatively less than that of the taxis. Often, we have to ignore our spending and focus on reaching work on time. It becomes especially difficult for South Mumbai people as we don't not have the option of hailing autos."
-Mohit Dholwani, Management trainee, 21, Dadar
"I work in a firm, which gives me conveyance for my travelling. The only problem is that if the fare keeps increasing like this, it will be difficult to manage. For personal travelling, I will have to think twice because I will end up paying twice the amount now. Moreover, there will be an extra load on trains and buses, which are already insufficient to accommodate the ever-increasing crowd of Mumbai."
-Jigar Shah, Sales Manager, 24, Kalbadevi