Spotting
 Timeline
 Travel Tip
 Trip
 Race
 Social
 Greeting
 Poll
 Img
 PNR
 Pic
 Blog
 News
 Conf TL
 RF Club
 Convention
 Monitor
 Admin
 Bookmark
 Rating
 Correct
 Wrong
 Stamp
 HJ
 Vote
 Pred
 @
 FM Alert
 FM Approval
 Pvt
Forum Super Search
 ↓ 
×
HashTag:
Freq Contact:
Member:
Posting Date From:
Posting Date To:
Blog Category:
Train Type:
Train:
Station:
ONLY with Pic/Vid:
Sort by: Date:     Word Count:     Popularity:     
Public:    Pvt: Monitor:    RailFan Club:    

Search
  Go  
Full Site Search
  Full Site Search  
 
Wed Jan 23 04:30:38 IST
Home
Trains
ΣChains
Atlas
PNR
Forum
Gallery
News
FAQ
Trips/Spottings
Login
Feedback
Post BlogPost Trn TipPost Stn TipAdvanced Search

Blog Entry# 1655138
Posted: Nov 20 2015 (03:26)

2 Responses
Last Response: Jan 16 2016 (20:42)
  
016
Station Tip
Auto/Taxi/Bus
1 Followers
12753 views
Nov 20 2015 (03:26)   DR/Dadar Central (8 PFs)

Bahadur Fauji Comfortably Floyd~   1777 blog posts   32 correct pred (71% accurate)
Entry# 1655138            Tags   Past Edits
don't fall for these scamming agents aka so called "taxi drivers." Please go through the link and the facebook comments below the article in the link.
click here
Jade D'sa is an entrepreneur and a food and travel blogger. She spends her free time writing for various national brands across the country, reading and watching cooking shows.
Sometime around September 2015, she happened to
...
more...
get down at Dadar station and the series of incidents that followed reveal the darker side of the industry that has over the years gained a major share in the transportation scenario of Mumbai.
Here is the narration in Jade's own words-
Dadar station, at the center of Mumbai, is already bustling at 5 am. People are heading to/from work, flower and fish vendors are chatting away on the platform, and one can hear the occasional honking car outside.The station is divided into two sections – Central and Western – joined together by an overhead passenger walkway.
As Konkan Kanya pulls to a stop on one of the Central Line tracks at the crack of dawn, I lug my heavy suitcase out and curse myself for packing so much.
Happens every time.
The thought of staggering with the weight, up the stairs to the walkway, across it to the Western side, down the stairs and into another train is exhausting.
“Madam, taxi?” a turbaned taxi driver asks.
A few drivers are waiting at the platform for passengers, unlike the rest of them who wait outside by their cars. They are approaching people who have gotten off the inter-city trains which seem to be arriving every 15 minutes or so.
This man offers to carry my suitcase, and I quickly follow him. Outside, his taxi is parked in a narrow lane that’s beginning to light up with shops. He puts the suitcase next to me in the backseat and gets behind the wheel.
Just then, another man sits in the front passenger seat. Before the driver can start the car, I stop him.
“Who is this?” I ask.
“Old passenger. I need to give him change.”
“So get him change from one of the shops. I will not let the cab leave with this man sitting here.”
They look at each other. And then one of them asks me “Do you have change for Rs. 1000?”
I knew for a fact, beyond any doubt, that I had only Rs. 500 notes in my purse. The smaller notes were in my pocket and stuffed into various bag pockets.
I open the purse and give him two notes of Rs. 500 each and he hands me the Rs. 1000.
Before getting out, the man in the passenger seat says “Madam, you have given me one 500 note and one 100. See?” He shows me the notes and hands me back the 100.
I knew then, that something didn’t feel right. I had only 500 notes in my purse... didn’t I?
Maybe I didn’t.
I take the 100, and give him a 500 note. He leaves.
The driver fidgeted for a while. Irritated, I asked, “Now what?”
“We need to fill petrol. It will take 20 minutes” he said.
Argh! I needed to go home, and come all the way back to Dadar in two hours to get to work. I didn’t have 20 minutes to spare. And the prospect of taking a 15 minute catnap at home seemed to be slipping away.
So I take my bags, get out, and look for another taxi.
The episode was forgotten.
SIX MONTHS LATER
There I was again, getting off the 5 am train with a ginormous bag, cursing myself. Some things never change.
“Madam, taxi?”
It was a different turbaned man. However, the events that unfolded thereafter were identical. This time, I was better prepared.
“Old passenger.” He said. “Do you have change?”
“No”
“Madam pliss check.”
“Nope. No change."
Passenger gets out. The driver? He needs to fill petrol again. He courteously tells me in Hindi, “this will take time, and you will be delayed, You can get a taxi down the road. Just a five minute walk!”
I was furious, but it was dark, and there were not many people this time around. Using my better judgement, I left and got another taxi. The entire ride home, I Googled and what I found wasn’t surprising anymore.
Page after page of cheated people had shared their experiences. What was worse were the comments from foreign tourists who had already formed their first impression of Mumbai and India because of one cheating taxi driver.
My taxi pulled up at the building and I asked the man at the wheel, “There’s something wrong with the taxis in that lane, isn’t there?”
He laughed and said “Those cars never leave that lane. They never take passengers. Their business is that of switching notes.”
Source: Jade's blog click here and the various conversations I had with her.
Connect with Jade on her Facebook page here- That Goan Girl

2 Public Posts - Sat Jan 16, 2016

ARP (Advanced Reservation Period) Calculator

Reservations Open Today @ 8am for:
Trains with ARP 10 Dep on: Sat Feb 2
Trains with ARP 15 Dep on: Thu Feb 7
Trains with ARP 30 Dep on: Fri Feb 22
Trains with ARP 120 Dep on: Thu May 23

  
  

Rail News

New Trains

Site Announcements

  • Entry# 4200970
    Jan 18 (10:12PM)


    @all: This is to formally announce the END of the RailCal app. Due to the information blockade, the app has lost its value, and has been rendered completely useless. We are unable to support RailCal anymore. Sorry to disappoint our users. . RailCal has already been taken off the Google PlayStore. So once...
  • Entry# 4188821
    Jan 06 (02:19AM)


    @all: At this time, the PNR Forum is functioning again, albeit at a greatly reduced volume and efficiency. Refreshing PNRs is a very cumbersome affair. We may expect this to end as well, eventually, as the Govt. tightens these controls further. At IRI, we CANNOT waste any more time on this fruitless...
  • Entry# 4187635
    Jan 05 (01:47AM)


    The following changes are being introduced to keep the PNR Forum functioning. . 1. A "bookmarklet" called "PNR Refresh" has been created. Just Copy/Paste a small piece of text into your browser bookmarks. The bookmarklet will be available by morning. . 2. When you click on Post/Update/Refresh PNR, you will be taken to the Official...
  • Entry# 4180488
    Jan 02 (11:57AM)


    @all: The PNR Forum as we know it is OVER. The official website has unilaterally decided to thoroughly block and shut down all access to PNR info. We had put in MANY, many years of PAINSTAKING effort to develop the PNR Prediction infrastructure, and our Sr. Legendary Members have helped countless people...
  • Entry# 4135478
    Dec 22 2018 (12:58PM)


    Starting Monday, we shall be starting the slow Test rollout of our new app - called RailFan. . What is RailFan? It is expected that RailFan will be the future of the IRI site for mobile phones. A full dedicated offline-capable messaging/blogging app, encompassing all the features of the IRI site. The RailFan app...
  • Entry# 4073462
    Dec 06 2018 (12:50PM)


    There are some minor changes to the PNR Forum: 1. The main PNR feed will only show UN-predicted (by you) PNRs which are coming in. However, if there are replies, the PNR will show and will bubble to the top. Once you predict the PNR, it will go away from the main...
Scroll to Top
Scroll to Bottom
Go to Mobile site
Important Note: This website NEVER solicits for Money or Donations. Please beware of anyone requesting/demanding money on behalf of IRI. Thanks.
Disclaimer: This website has NO affiliation with the Government-run site of Indian Railways. This site does NOT claim 100% accuracy of fast-changing Rail Information. YOU are responsible for independently confirming the validity of information through other sources.
India Rail Info Privacy Policy