Anand Mahindra Says,”Goodbye And Alvida” To Mumbai’s ‘Kaali Peeli’ Taxi; Reminisces About Good Times

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Anand Mahindra Says,”Goodbye And Alvida” To Mumbai’s ‘Kaali Peeli’ Taxi; Reminisces About Good Times

Mumbai’s iconic ‘Kaali Peeli’ taxi which has served the people of this city for the last 60 years goes off-road from today. When Uber Ola did not exist, it was Kaali Peeli that took people to their destinations. Ask any Mumbaikar and they will have an interesting story associated with it. In a very sweet post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), industrialist Anand Mahindra bids the taxi goodbye as he reminisces about the good times. 

Anand Mahindra Says Goodbye To Mumbai’s ‘Kaali Peeli’

Business tycoon Anand Mahindra, in a very heartfelt note, expressed his love for Mumbai’s ‘Kaali Peeli’ taxi. He posted a picture of the iconic ‘Premier Padmini’ taxi on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) and remembered the old good times. 

He described the taxis as “noisy, clunkers, unrealisable, and uncomfortable, with not much baggage capacity”. But he also mentioned how, for the people of his time, this taxi carried millions of memories. He said that the vintage cars served their purpose of helping passengers reach from point A to point B. 

While ending the post, he said “Goodbye and Alvida ” to this six-decade-old service in Mumbai. He was also grateful to these taxis for all the lovely memories they gave him throughout the years. 

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Netizens Too Shared Their Memories

This picture posted on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) by Anand Mahindra has by far garnered over 342.6K views and over 7.4K likes. 

Netizens couldn’t help but post their favourite memories about the ‘Kaali Peeli’ taxis. From old pictures to heartfelt notes, the comments section was full of people sharing their memorable ‘Kaali Peeli’ stories from Mumbai. 

One user mentioned how the drivers of these iconic cars were super honest and would take the shortest route. He also said that they never overcharged. Another user called the ‘Kaali peeli’ a complete vibe. One of the netizens said that though they were clunkers, they were a part of Mumbai’s charm and nostalgia. 

Many users in the comment sections asked Mahindra if he had any plans to revive this model, as they would love to see it back on the roads with new features. While some mentioned that such dismissals are important for the nation’s development, Others spoke about how they still miss double-decker red buses too. 

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Age Restriction Of 20 Years

The final Premier Padmini was registered as a black-and-yellow cab at the Tardeo RTO, which oversees Mumbai, the island metropolis, on October 29, 2003, according to a transport department official. Since the city’s taxi age restriction is 20 years old, Mumbai will officially be without a Premier Padmini taxi starting today.

This change occurred soon after the fleet of public transporter Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) began to phase out the last of its iconic diesel-powered double-decker buses, as their 15-year operational life was coming to an end.

Mumbai’s transportation fans are devastated by the sudden retirement of two once-essential and commonplace public transit vehicles in a matter of weeks, and others are calling for the preservation of at least one “Premier Padmini.”

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Share your fav memories in the comments below!

Cover Image Courtesy: @anandmahindra/X (formerly Twitter)

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