How auto driver Srinivas’s business has taken a nose dive

How auto driver Srinivas’s business has taken a nose dive
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B Srinivas who is in his 30s has been driving an auto since 2001 and used to make enough monies. He used to go for movies and sightseeing trips but now he thinks twice. A resident of Kushaiguda, who stays near Venkateshwara Temple, says, “The earnings have dropped by more than half and we are living in perpetual fear.” 

Kushaiguda: B Srinivas who is in his 30s has been driving an auto since 2001 and used to make enough monies. He used to go for movies and sightseeing trips but now he thinks twice. A resident of Kushaiguda, who stays near Venkateshwara Temple, says, “The earnings have dropped by more than half and we are living in perpetual fear.”

“We have a licence, proper registration and do regular annual maintenance tests,” he says adding, “That is the whole point. We go by the book and comply with all rules, but the shared autos in fact do not have licence, their registration is done elsewhere but still no one questions them. Even the police turn a blind eye.”

A few years ago, I used to take home Rs 1000 to Rs 1500 but now if I can make even Rs 500 is difficult. Ola, Uber and the shared auto is leaving us nowhere. Srinivas cannot register with Ola as he says, “I have a responsibility of dropping school children and registering with Ola or Uber is difficult.”

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