While most customers are used to brash, rude and impatient auto rickshaw drivers plying them around in the city, they will be surprised to come across a particular auto rickshaw driver in Bandra who is a complete opposite.
Sandeep Bacche is innovative, polite, articulate and philanthropic and gives his customers a different perspective of what auto rickshaw drivers can be like if they really try. He has fitted his auto rickshaw with a host of comforts which can turn any ordinary ride into one one memorable experience.
Bacche’s auto rickshaw is well upholstered, fitted with well cushioned seats and sports an LCD screen, a newspaper stand, STD PCO, mobile charging facility and safety facilities such as a first aid kit, fire extinguisher and water bottle. As customers step into his auto rickshaw he swipes out his pen drive and plugs it in to show off the latest of Hindi movies. His mobile charger comes to the rescue of passengers who have forgotten to recharge their phones at home while he even offers services of an STD PCO at INR 1 per call to those who have left their phones behind.
A board displays latest gold and silver rates and exchange rates besides updates on stock market. Customers can get their hands on newspapers and magazines from the compact stand fitted into the side of the auto rickshaw which is offered for customer’s convenience along with a host of safety equipment all at no extra charges.
When not plying his auto rickshaw, the King of Bandra (as he is referred to fondly) arranges chocolates and biscuits for residents of old age homes besides books and medicines for those less fortunate. He offers a discounted fare for the differently abled and blind while if he ferries customers to the hospital he does not charge them a penny.
Bacche’s charity began when he lost his mother and he found solace in helping those in need and those less fortunate than himself. For those eager to get in touch with him to view this unique auto rickshaw or congratulate him on his endeavor, Bacche has his own Facebook account and can be reached at 9594236040, while his auto rickshaw number is MH 02 SA 3783.
Images – Ashutosh Mehta