Bengaluru: Cab services to airport disrupted, after cabbie who set himself ablaze dies
Bengaluru, Mar 31: Taxi services to the city''s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) was disrupted on Wednesday as they stayed off the road, after an airport cab driver who allegedly set himself ablaze, died last night.
Pratap, 34, from Ramanagara, working with the Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation''s airport taxi service, had allegedly set himself ablaze inside his car near the pick-up area of the airport on Tuesday, depressed over his financial troubles, police sources said, adding that they were trying to ascertain the exact cause.
Aircraft rescue and fire-fighting team had rescued him and he was rushed to hospital, but succumbed to injuries at midnight, they said.
According to airport taxi drivers, Pratap, took the extreme step due to poor financial condition, poor business and inability to pay EMIs.
They said most taxi drivers including those linked to Ola, Uber, KSDTC and other airport taxi services have stayed off the roads as a mark of protest following his death, as many of them are going through similar financial problems.
KIA in a passenger advisory said taxi services at the airport have been impacted and passengers are requested to use the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses to travel to or from the airport or make their own travel arrangements.
BMTC has deployed additional buses on the airport route to help passengers, official sources said.
Alleging that price war in the cab industry and government''s apathy has led to Pratap''s death, former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in a series of tweets said KSDTC was following taxi fare of Rs 24 per km fixed by the state government. Taxi aggregators, however, were offering fares of Rs 9 per km to attract passengers, resulting in business loss for KSDTC drivers, he added.
He urged the state government to intervene and come to the rescue of the taxi drivers.