Commuting in Gururgam still a daily struggle for women
Gurugram: The condition of public transportation in Gurugram continues to be unsatisfactory and unsafe for women. Aggression and indecency by male passengers, and indiscipline towards commuters has become the norm of the day. Dealing with these issues is a major problem for Gurugram's women.
To ensure comfortable travel for women, pink autos were re-introduced in the city 2014. However, almost four years after, the concept seems to find very few takers.
Citing lack of profitability, most drivers have abandoned driving pink autos. Initially, planned to be spread across all Metro stations, pink autos are mostly found only at MG Road and HUDA City Centre.
There are also complaints that many auto drivers do not even hesitate in letting male passengers in, even when a woman is already travelling.
"It has not been sustainable for me to carry on with pink auto services. Over the years, there has been a drop in the number of women travellers," said Randeep, an auto driver.
"Pink auto could have been a profitable concept in a city where there is a huge problem of public transport. Yet, either deliberately or due to lack of common sense, this concept also failed," said Rashmi Rai, a resident.