Do you plan to commute within Mumbai during the rains? Tough luck! The weather gods, it seems, have conspired with app-based cab aggregators to ensure that your commute is as expensive as possible.
A user on Twitter posted how an Uber ride from Andheri to Parel in Mumbai on July 2 had a similar price as that of a Mumbai-Goa flight on the same day. This comes after cab aggregators reportedly surged their prices between 1.6x and 2x in many parts of the city due to traffic congestion, leaving commuters stranded.
Flying to Goa is as good as travelling by taxi in Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/hZp10iv3hU
— bikoo (@meandmarkets) July 1, 2019
While most people on social media were blaming the city’s delicate infrastructure and cab aggregators for the price surge, others wondered whether going to Goa was the best option, after all:
Absurd. @Uber should facilitate in such situations instead of taking the commuter “Just for a ride”
— Tabeenah Anjum (@TabeenahAnjum) July 2, 2019
Today Time taken to reach Goa from outskirts of Mumbai will be lower then reaching from BKC to kandivali…@MumbaiPolice
— Mukul Mehta (@camukulmehta) July 1, 2019
Ha ha, that is a good comparision. I hope the water logging issue gets sorted out at Mumbai quickly.
— Om (@om1973) July 2, 2019
ok then go to Goa
— Ankur Patel (@Imakki59) July 2, 2019
Go goa instead…there beaches are much better then Mumbai’s sludgy water
— Neha P (@nehajayesh1) July 2, 2019
— Sunil (@acumenatplay) July 2, 2019
Local trains on Central and Western railway lines were delayed by 20-30 minutes on Friday and Monday, forcing many to opt for cab aggregators. However, many were concerned about Ola and Uber charging 4-digit fares for travelling a few kilometres during times of crisis. On the other hand, many complained about cab-sharing services being suspended in some parts of the city, while others had to walk hours in the rain
@Olacabs You seriously gotta be kidding me! The distance is just 20 KMS! For this rate I’ll reach Delhi from Mumbai in third tier AC Garib Rath. #olacabs #MumbaiRains #MumbaiTraffic pic.twitter.com/YP44an3dib
— Vijay Chhatbar (@cuttingchai666) June 28, 2019
#Ola #uberride @Uber @Olacabs when we need in urgent ther is no cab no auto no prime no pool.. Worst service in Mumbai when people need your help. My 2 friends walk to home in heavy rain. pic.twitter.com/KbpIuXrIwF
— Sapan (@Sapan31729768) July 1, 2019
The incessant rains paralysed Mumbai on July 2, killing 21 people and injuring at least 78. A total of 203 flights were cancelled due to unavailability of the main runway for operations. The Central Railway remain shut for nearly 15 hours as the city witnessed the heaviest 24-hour July rain in 45 years.