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Ban on diesel cabs: Companies in Gurgaon try to cope, Nasscom flags concern

Several corporate firms in Gurgaon are trying to make alternate arrangements to ferry their employees after the Supreme Court banned all diesel cabs from the NCR. “It is difficult to arrange cabs, especially for night shift employees,” said Vidya Srinivasan, senior vice-president, infrastructure and logistics, Genpact. “All CNG cabs have been pressed into action for […]

Written by Sakshi Dayal , Sandali Tiwari | New Delhi |
May 5, 2016 4:52:25 am
Diesel ban, diesel ban delhi, delhi diesel ban, supreme court diesel cars ban, Nasscom, diesel cars ban, diesel cabs ban, delhi news, india news Employee of another MNC said the company had made similar arrangements for women, but not for men.

Several corporate firms in Gurgaon are trying to make alternate arrangements to ferry their employees after the Supreme Court banned all diesel cabs from the NCR.

“It is difficult to arrange cabs, especially for night shift employees,” said Vidya Srinivasan, senior vice-president, infrastructure and logistics, Genpact. “All CNG cabs have been pressed into action for safe transporation of women employees. Also, we have tied up with a car-pooling app, with which people can club their routes while coming to office. We have also asked our employees to work from home if need be and shuttle services to Metro stations have been increased,” she added.

Employee of another MNC said the company had made similar arrangements for women, but not for men. “We are getting reimbursement for the commute, but it is still difficult because a lot of us travel all the way from Delhi or Noida.”

Some companies such as Nagarro made arrangements in time. “Our company phased out diesel cabs, keeping in view the earlier deadline of April 1, and hired CNG buses. We are not facing difficulties,” said Megha Jha, an employee.

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Accenture has hired CNG-run tempo travellers and also changed timings to ensure smooth travel for employees.

At a press meet Wednesday, NASSCOM called for exemption for cabs carrying employees who work in night shifts and asked for specification of the permit needed by cabs ferrying employees of the IT/BPM industry. Keshav Murugesh, chairman of the NASSCOM BPM Council, said, “This is indeed a matter of major concern. We need immediate relief as this involves the delivery of critical operations to clients outside India… half of the workforce of this industry is women, and their safety is paramount. We hope the judiciary appreciates our predicament and resolves it by delaying the implementation.”

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