Sweltering heat stops rolling wheels

Published on May 25, 2015 11:45:45 AM

Even as Hyderabad is trying to battle the sweltering heat, another famous city is also suffering from the wrath of the scorching summer. Yellow cabs in Kolkata have decided to turn down the services in afternoon to escape from the hazardous heat.

The fiery sun has forced Bengal Taxi Union to shut its services between 11am and 4pm, this is applicable from Monday.

In the wake of two deaths in Kolkata due to heat wave, cabbies have decided to keep the yellow taxis off the roads in afternoon time.

Bimal Guha, chief of Bengal Taxi Union stated, "You can see how hot it is. Most of our meter taxis are non-air conditioned. Also, there is no taxi stand or a place where taxi drivers can sit, drink some water or rest for a while. Those who do not want to drive taxis have been allowed to do so from 11 am to 4 pm. Those who want to ply are free to do so."

Unions will request Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asking not to levy fine on those taxis which refuse to work during the blazing 5 hours. They also want the passengers to pay 15% extra at night time to compensate the losses occurring during the day.

The commuters seem to be unhappy with the taxi union’s decision.

The app based and radio cabs were already giving tough competition to the regular taxis. Now this decision may prove costly to yellow cabbies in many ways.