As far as we are concerned, the app continues to be banned in the Telangana and there has been no change in our stanceThe commissioner also said that they were aware that the cab company was still offering its services even after the ban was imposed. The cab services are mainly in Cyberbad as the transport minister said. What is ironic is that many of the customers living in areas like Domalguda, Abids, Dilsukhnagar and Shivam road, all of which are not part of Cyberabad, have used Uber in the recent times. “I have not seen any formal proceedings regarding the ban on Uber by the transport department, or a notice for us to not allow them to let their taxis operate in the city. If you’re banning, then you have to ban their services also. Uber doesn’t maintain a fleet of cabs that you can stop and tell them not to run their service. Anybody can hook on to Uber through the app,’’ pointed out Avinash Mohanty, DCP, Traffic, Cyberabad. “If at all you want to ban the service, then you have to stop the app from functioning. That should be administered by the transport department. If they want any help, police are always willing to co-operate,” Mohanty added. Uber has been making waves ever since the Delhi rape case and its affinity to break the rules is clearly evident here. Even if the police are denying the knowledge, its highly irresponsible of the authorities as they had clear instructions to not let Uber operate. The app lets users book a cab ride easily with just a few clicks.
Even after Telangana transport department imposed a ban on Uber cabs last month, dubbing the cab service as ‘illegal’, Uber remains active and accessible in the city as denizens continue to avail its services through their smart phone apps. The cab company has opted for no logo on its vehicles making it harder to recognize the vehicles for the local authorities. The Telangana joint transport commissioner Mr. T Raghunath told the press: