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Surge in Cab Prices Making Life Difficult for Hyderabadis
The Surge in pricing levied by cab aggregators whenever it rains in the city is hurting commuters and making more and more people opt for personal vehicles.
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Guru Prasad
Hyderabad
Sun Jun 19 2022
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The Surge in pricing levied by cab aggregators whenever it rains in the city is hurting commuters and making more and more people opt for personal vehicles. This, in turn, is indirectly causing an increase in traffic and air pollution in the city. As monsoon hits the city, rain is expected during most of the evenings. As roads are busy in the evenings, commuters face a double whammy - lack of cabs and surge pricing, say people have environmental concerns. 


Satyanarayana Mathala, president of Telangana Facilities Management Council (TFMC), says the surge pricing of cabs will push more and more people towards using their personal vehicles to go to their workplace. He added that the city would become another Bengaluru at this rate. We do not want to go that way.


Founder president of Telangana Gig and Platform Union Workers (TGPWU) Shaik Salauddin's opinion is that contrary to popular belief, the drivers themselves do not earn more from surge pricing. They are unaware that the cab companies are charging the customer higher fees.


In conclusion, Mr. Shaik said that sometimes the fare is hiked to 3-4 times the usual fare, but on their app, drivers will see the usual fare itself. It’s part of the algorithm game played by cab owners.


Especially in the IT industry, the lack of last mile connectivity with public transport keeps many IT sector employees away from using them. To resolve this, IT firms have arranged transport for their employees from Metro stations to workplaces.


Reportedly, the Central government held a meeting with cab aggregator platforms that cautioned them against levying high surge pricing. But there is no stepping back from the aggregators to date.


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