Saturday, July 28, 2007

EX-tra factor of Auto Guys in B’lore

Been in the city (Bangalore) for over 10 months now, I still feel like an alien…!! May be b’coz of the Ex-tra business here…. And, I need some EXTRA time to adjust to the culture of this city... !!

Just out of my office… there is always a long queue of AUTOs (almost 20 Autos if you literally count…) But… its not so easy to get a ride in any of these Autos… Even if they offer you a ride… that will have lotzzzzzz of conditions apply and what are those conditions… i have tried to list some of their CONDITIONS here...

It’s hard and just next to impossible to find an AUTO who goes by meter or doesn't charge any amount as EXTRA….

The rates are very complicated to understand… I am just wondering how come they calculate that how much to ask extra and when to ask…??

But one thing that I came across… And, I would like to share here…

In the day time (Day time hours are general 9 am-2 pm) they’ll charge 10 Rupees EXTRA for sure… But if you end up asking them WHY EXTRA??? The answer would be very simple… “MADAM… No RETURN… We have to come empty…”

Hey man I m not bothered wheather ur auto comes empty or filled… LOL

It’s not at possible to find an Auto between 2 pm – 4 pm… as its their Lunch time…!! Now, u might wonder… Are all the AUTO people are having lunch at the same time…?? Literally all the autos disappear from the road during these hours… :P But, u might get lucky at times as few auto guys (the good ones) can take you for a ride… but… but… that will happen only once in 1000… :D

As soon as the clock touches 6 in the evening, their rates goes off to One and half… The one and half is the Night fare which is officially permissible to Auto Guys after 9 pm…. But I guess their night starts at 6 pm and lasts till…….. I jus don’t wanna guess…

But…but… but… if they are charging u One and half of the meter after 6 only… wat u’ll pay after 9 pm… it could be anything they can ask you… Double… Ten Rupees Extra on Double…. Twenty rupees Extra on One and half…. !! And, just because… Their AUTO RETURNS EMPTY….!!
Ohhhh god… when does the Autos of these guys will be filled after dropping us and we’ll stop becoming victims of their Ex-tra business… :(

3 comments:

Alok said...

Finally you've taken the revange with autowallas :-D

Mysterio!! said...

i havnt seen a bigger daylight robbery then what happens in Blore autos ... they hav charged me Xtra fares ... in early mornings, late afternoons ... and even during the nights ... it just ruins the image of a beautiful city otherwise !

Vidhi said...

I understand the pain Mysterio...!!