City airport to have private cab counters
February 22, 2008 7:28 PM
Shweta Karnik & Naveeta Singh
People flying into Mumbai have often complained of being fleeced by the chauffeurs of black & yellow taxis at the airport. However, the airport authorities have now come up with an alternative that could allay their fears. The Mumbai airport will soon have counters for private cabs at Sahar and Santa Cruz terminals.
Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) took the cue from the fact that private cabs, which started operating in the city a year and a half back, were being preferred over regular taxis by air passengers coming to Mumbai. "We are discussing this with private cab providers," said the spokesperson for MIAL.
Susilaben Shah, president of Stree - Shakti Kendra which operates Priyadarshani, an all-women taxi service, said they were in talks with MIAL and were waiting for an NOC from the regional transport authority (RTA). "Once we obtain the NOC, we will be able to set up our counters by March -April," she said.
These cabs have gained acceptance due to their easy accessibility, reliability and transparency. "These cabs can be booked in advance and are hassle-free. I do not have to argue with the chauffeur regarding the fare," said Amit Behl, 33, a frequent visitor to the city. ' I get printed bills, which I can claim as my travel allowance," he added.
Meru cabs, which were launched in April 2007, now serve 1,200 passengers a day, 750 pf whom are from the airport. With a fleet of just 350, the service picks up and drops nearly 800 passengers a day from the airport.