The most recent Maharashtra government directive ordering Premier Padmini taxis that are older than 20 years off the road, means long-term headaches for taxi-permit owners but short-term business for scrap merchants like Sheikh Riyaz Hasan.
Black-and-yellow taxis enter Hasan’s garage in south-central Mumbai and leave as heaps of reusable and resaleable scrap.
Among the taxi drivers who have been regretfully replacing their Padminis with newer makes like Santros and Omnis is Mehndi Hasan, who watched the vehicle bearing the permit number 5014C94 torn apart into its various components in under 2 hours. There was no time to lose—another Padmini was waiting in line.
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