The San Francisco-based startup Uber taxi has quietly shut its Gurgaon office following the outrage over the alleged rape of a 27-year-old executive in a cab by one of its drivers.
Overnight, the company has taken down the App-based cab services board. Interestingly, the guards deployed around the building — a swanky two-storey building near Signature Towers at Iffco Chowk, Gurgaon — from where Uber cabs operated said the building belongs to a startup called Micro Software Solutions.
“The company took down the billboard after police from Delhi visited the address. Today morning, we could not see a single cab near the office. Usually, there are cabs parked there,” a man, who owns a guesthouse adjoining the Uber office in Gurgaon, said.
According to sources, the cab-aggregator company’s top management has sent messages to its drivers, asking them not to leave the company yet. “Some of us in Delhi have received these messages. But why should we leave the company? I have worked for other cab services too, but only Uber pays us well and also gives us many perks and benefits,” an Uber cab driver in Gurgaon, who claimed to earn Rs 1 lakh a month, said.
He told Newsline that on Monday itself, he made 12 rounds to the capital and back to Gurgaon.
The message sent to drivers on Monday morning read: “Dear partner, we know this is a difficult phase and the company wants your support too. The company is here to stay and we are not going anywhere.”