Hello Moto Auto !!
On any given Auto Stand in Chennai, you will find a “Vetti Arattai” going on. It is not that no passenger has requested them for a ride, but its that these Auto-Drivers choose not to drive to short destinations and wait for the “Biiig – Ilichchavaayan” (big looser) and the biiiig-savaari. They do not realize they could make good money, if they accept every “Hire-Request”.
Alright, we have gone through this multiple times on Chennai Metblogs. Chennai Auto Drivers remain unaltered. Why another post on Chennai Autos ? Well, something interesting has been happening within the territories of Chennai Autos.
Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome “Call Auto !”.
This may sound like a crazy copy-cat idea of the Call Taxi, but if it works as planned then Call Autos will be a lot cheaper and faster than the Call Taxi’s. Unfortunately, there is where i place my doubts on – “Will it work as planned ?”
The question in scope is about the Discipline of the Auto Drivers. Lets get to this later.
Gates India, a company in Chennai (TNagar) has started this initiative (business-initiative) to route Autorickshaws to people who call them and request for a Call-Auto. It works very similar to a Call-Taxi mechanism, except that the Gates-India wouldn’t own the Autos. They just do the routing part – accept calls, find out the auto closest to the caller and route the Auto to the caller.
The fares (this part sounds good) are as suggested by the Government PLUS Rs. 6 as service charge (May be this is what the Auto Drivers ask as “மேல போட்டு கொடுங்க !”). The Auto drivers should pay Rs. 65 everyday to Gates-India.
I don’t clearly see a profit for the Auto Drivers. Rs. 6 per trip ? And end of the day, they need to pay Rs. 65 to their administrator. They start getting ROI (??) only if they have made 11 trips. Well, I might be missing some math here. If there’s someone who knows exactly the numbers, use the comment box.
If only Gates India or any other company can own some autos, and govern it.. it will be a huge hit. Because, as long as they do it, we only get to listen these….”Villiwakkam ellam auto varaadhu sir !!!”…. “night hours sir, extra 50 rupees kodunga !”…”Poyya ! Saavu Graakki !”