ola: Local player aims to grab share of Kol App-cab Pie | Kolkata News

Calcutta: After decades of two major players – Uber and Ola – virtually controlling taxi activity in the city, a third player, a local that didn’t take off too well during the pandemic last year, is ready to testing the waters again. App taxi drivers and owners under the West Bengal Online Cab Operators Guild banner, along with a few private financiers, have relaunched a service called Ryde from Wednesday.
The service was launched last August but had to be discontinued. The current situation, where app-taxis owners claim to be denied revenue due to a “discriminatory” commission scheme by aggregators, has forced them to find an alternative, union leaders said.
While Ola could not be reached, Uber asked for a day’s time to respond to the new development.
“The plan is to use 1,000 taxis at the start, only in Kolkata, and the promoters plan to complete the necessary trials within a month. There will be two options for the riders – AC and non-AC. 10% of fare as commission and GST at present while passengers will be charged Rs 15-Rs 25 per kilometer Fares will not change under any circumstances including bad weather, traffic or racing night,” said Indranil Banerjee, general secretary of the guild.
The taxi union said it had met with the transport secretary and senior transport department officials to seek urgent government intervention to end the problems experienced by passengers and taxi drivers over air conditioning and cancellations. The other App-Cab union, led by CITU, demanded immediate implementation of the state-mandated App-Cab directive.
“The state has tentatively set April 6 for the meeting where all relevant parties will be present,” Banerjee said.
Passengers praised the efforts on the ground but said they would wait to see if the situation improved.

Lance B. Holton