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The taxi war at Majestic Station

Published: 04th December 2012 08:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2012 08:57 AM   |  A+A-

If you are hiring a taxi within the city to Majestic Railway Station, do clarify beforehand if he will drop you right in front of the station, as many a time, passengers have been dropped on the main road itself. You will have to bear the brunt of lugging around baggage all the way to the station. This is a result of ‘tug of war’ for more and more customers that has traditionally existed between the old and the new ones in the city.

When City Express contacted Ccabs, Raghu from the call centre said, “We will give a drop till the entrance.” Another employee from the call centre of Easy Cab said, “There is no issues in dropping the passengers till the entrance as far as our cabs are concerned.”

In fact, the Sub Inspector of City Railway Station reaffirms, “We have not received any such complaint from any passenger. But the cab drivers should drop the passengers near the entrance.”

However, a few passengers have a different story to tell. “Once I had a lot of luggage with me and the taxi driver whom I had hired asked me to get down on the Main Road itself. When I persistently asked him for the reason, he said the cab drivers inside the station will fight with him if he proceeds further. I could not have managed  to carry the entire luggage alone but luckily, there was a young chap who helped me and brought my luggage till the entrance, “says Madhukar, a retired banker.

On the other hand, cab drivers have a different take. “The taxi drivers in the station feel that the Railway Station is their territory and all the customers coming out from the station belong to them. They fear that we might snatch their customers and that’s why the animosity prevails, “said Rajesh a taxi driver.

Another taxi driver pointed out the challenges they face at the station. K Gajendra, said, “They scream at us as soon as we enter the station. Many a time, the taxi drivers go to the extent of puncturing the tyres of our vehicles.”

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