MUMBAI: Vidya Shelke started her own taxi company after the company she worked for let her go amid COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus disease) pandemic and lockdown.
With her company, Mumbai based 28-year-old managed to provide services for over 150 people to reach their homes after getting stranded in the city.
Because public transport services like trains and buses were not available at the time.
She helped people reach different places like Pune, Kolhapur, Nashik, Nagpur, Sangli, Aurangabad, and Satara. Vidya charged only Rs 12 per kilometres and didn't demand money for the return journey. She chose to do it to be a responsible citizen while earning enough money.
Her husband Anil Shelke has a small business transporting agricultural commodities from Nashik to Mumbai and drives a truck.
She started working as an autorickshaw driver to support her husband and get a good income to provide for their children's education.
She added that during her travels, she ensured that she followed all the protocols like safe distance and sanitisation to prevent the spread of COVID.