Arvind Kejriwal’s stern warning that forced Uber and Ola to suspend surge pricing may have faced a lot of flak. But on Wednesday, the Delhi Chief Minister indicated that he had absolutely no intention of changing his stance on the issue.
On Tuesday, commuters had complained about difficulties in getting taxis during peak hours. And Uber sent this message to users:
“It has never happened before. During the last odd-even, less than 10,000 of our customers were unable to find cabs after opening the app. Today, we are flooded with the messages of ‘no cabs’ from our customers. We are losing customers’ trust. We are trying to bring in more cars by giving incentives to the drivers,” said Gagan Bhatia, general manager of Uber (North) told Hindustan Times.
“During surge pricing, only the most needy passengers take cabs. When surge pricing is removed, everyone rushes in to book cabs, which automatically limits availability for other customers after some time,” an official from Ola Cabs told the Indian Express.
However, this is what Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responded in a series of tweets:
Surge pricing is daylight robbery. No responsible govt can allow that(1/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2016
Some taxis saying they will not provide cab if they are not allowed to loot. This is open blackmailing n govt will not let that happen(2/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2016
We are not against taxi aggregators. We fully support them. They provide imp service to people. But they will have to follow law(1/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2016
Overcharging, diesel cars, drivers without license/badges n blackmailing by taxi aggregators won’t be allwed(2/2)— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 20, 2016