Pune autorickshaws rev up to take on Ola, Uber

App, added services in the offing for city autos.

Written by Partha Sarathi Biswas | Pune | Published: October 3, 2016 8:37 am
Pune, Pune autorickshaw drivers, Ola, Uber, rickshaw panchayats, Pune news, India news, latest news, Indian express The Rickshaw Panchayat, along with other autorickshaw unions, had taken on the taxi aggregators on legal grounds, demanding that their operations be suspended in Pune. (File Photo)

Autorickshaw drivers in Pune might soon get app-based services to help them compete with taxi aggregator services like Ola and Uber. Also, Rickshaw Panchayat, the largest union of autorickshaw drivers in Pune, is also looking at involving courier and other services to augment their income. The advent of taxi aggregators, although hailed by commuters, has not gone down well with many autorickshaw drivers. The Rickshaw Panchayat, along with other autorickshaw unions, had taken on the taxi aggregators on legal grounds, demanding that their operations be suspended in Pune.

Pune has seen numerous strikes and cabs have been attacked. The state government is yet to take a final call on the proposed guidelines for such service providers which has added to the unrest.

In order to take on the technology-based players, Pawar said, the Rickshaw Panchayat is also thinking of developing an app-based service for Pune’s autorickshaw drivers.

Usage of technology, Pawar said, would certainly reduce denial of passengers by the rickshaw drivers. “An app-based service will open the fare to all the rickshaw drivers in the vicinity. It will widen the scope of those who are serious about business and help the consumer as well,” he said.

Earlier this year, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s rickshaw union had also taken up the cause of a similar service when its members had undertaken a fast unto death protest. The district collector, who is also the head of the district transport authority, had directed the Pune Municipal Commissioner to explore such an app-based service. Shrikant Acharya, adviser to the AAP’s rickshaw union, said the civic chief is yet to meet them and take the matter forward.

The Rickshaw Panchayat also plans to introduce added services to help autorickshaw drivers augment their income. In the pipeline are services like autorickshaws carrying small parcels or acting as vehicles for inter-city courier services.

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    Raj puntambekar
    Oct 3, 2016 at 5:57 am
    Auto riksha driver should improve their behaviour and service. Auto riksha drivers are very rude in pune. Theh not even have basic humanity and always ready to abuse. Where as ola and uber provided better services provided good services
    1. M
      Oct 4, 2016 at 6:07 am
      From penger perspective is not a good call, Autorickshaw drivers are pathetic, with respect to behaviour.. No standard price.. All gunda gardi will happen with them.. Let the market decide, simply going against ola uber is not a good act.. Nd definitely not good for city as well..
      1. M
        Oct 4, 2016 at 3:35 am
        App?? Autopanchayat?? Forget about that, it will never be updated and moreover the technical difficulties with such app are phenomenal. Why can't they simply join ola uber for autos features. Ola offers kalipili via ola app in Mumbai. They already have system, just join them and enjoy.
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          Shashank Agrawal
          Oct 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm
          Auto services in Pune are pathetic, they only go after money. For a 2-3 km ride they will ask 200-250. I will be happy if Pune is freed from these Rickshaw.
          1. G
            Oct 3, 2016 at 3:54 am
            AUTORICKSHAW UNION should pool money and have their own app based system, they are like anyother service industry like a Hotel, Restaurant, an enterprise for making profit and earning their livelihood. Why should the Govt of Maharashtra represented by the Collector be involved in providing the app based system, in case provided then they will be using the COMMON TAX PAYERS MONEY, we are paying tax not to support private enterprises like Autorickshaws, I am also running a private enterprise will the govt give me money to run my business ?lt;br/gt;THE AUTORICKSHAW UNION IS FREE TO PURCHASE AN APP BASED SYSTEM OR THEY CAN CLOSE DOWN THEIR BUSINESS AND DO SOMETHING ELSE BUT THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO GET ACCESS TO COMMON TAX PAYERS MONEY IN THE FORM OF A APP BASED SYSTEM RUN BY THE GOVT MAINTAINED BY THE GOVT. The Govt is there to give governance, infrastructure not run business, they are trying to make good the past policies by selling the businesses,wherein the Govt has ended up running companies like AIR INDIA, RAILWAYS, ITDC which the Private enterprise is capable to do. SINGAPORE got freedom around same time as us they decided to give governance and build infrastructure and live business to private enterprise now they are 100years ahead of us, they are a role model for the developed world also.
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