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Gheun Taak! Mumbai bitch slaps Auto-cracy

Source: MeterJam.com

Rohit Sharma

To fight the growing autocracy of rickshaw and taxi drivers, thousands of commuters have pledged to not to use them for travel tomorrow.

A web campaign – Meter Jam – which was kicked off a few weeks back, has been very well received by people who now plan to say a big no to autos and taxi-wallas in Mumbai on August 12. The three advertising professionals who came up with this idea say on their website, “Strikes need a strike back!  We’re tired of meter that always reads more than it should, drivers who refuse to ply and demand return fare whenever they want. And if all that wasn’t enough, now we have to deal with strikes too, any time the ‘unions’ decide! Everyone is holding the janta to ransom. How much more will we pay? It’s time to turn the tables.”

Apart from the page on Twitter, the fan page on Facebook that was created mid-July has received the support of almost 20,000 people who are addressed as ‘Jammers’ and asked to flash Jammer badges, stickers, placards and posters as a sign of protest.

Meter Jam asks commuters to opt for bus services or car pool tomorrow. There are 90 supporters who have registered on the website to provide car pooling services through various destinations in the city. A list of bus services and their respective routes is also provided.  

An NGO, International Consumer Rights Protection Council’s (ICRPC), has acknowledged the initiative and requested its members to join in the protest.

Do you think such a campaign is required in other cities like Delhi and Bangalore too?

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