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There is one person who could envisage the problems of transportation Visakhapatnam’s corporate and industrial world suffer long before and found solutions for them. It is neither an exaggeration nor is it wrong to say that Mr. Ratti Ram Thakur could foresee the problems that were likely plague the City of Destiny and suggested plausible solutions for them 24 years ago.

Mr. Thakur is one of the pioneer players of Vizag’s Tour and Travel operators and needs no special introduction in the region. More importantly he is a self-made man and an innovative thinker. He reached the heights of success through sheer hard work and with an unflinching commitment to his job.

Today his fleet of vehicles ply in almost all Public and Private Sector Companies on contracts and his company M/Ss Ratti Rama Taxi Services is the name to reckon with. It is not only interesting but also inspiring to find out how he had embarked on this sensational journey and made it to the destinations that many of his peers could not even dream of reaching.

FLASHBACK
Son of the late Mr.Mela Ram Thakur and the late Mrs.Savithri Thakur, Ratti Ram Thakur hails from Sarkaghat, a small rural town in Himachal Pradesh. Looking for greener pastures, Mr.Thakur moved to Visakhapatnam. Making a humble beginning in 1990, Mr. Thakur bought his first car – an Ambassador and launched his taxi service operating both as owner and driver. Displaying a great filial loyalties and values, his elder brother Mr.Shakti Chand Verma and sister-in-law Mrs. Nirmala Verma stood by him rendering him every possible help. “Ratti Rama Taxi Services” was born. There is no looking back for Mr.Thakur.

His life journey took many interesting turns as he successfully negotiated many rough patches. Bestowed with an innovative mind, Mr. Thakur could mull on a number of path-breaking ideas. In addition to his ability to plan, his passion and hard work stood him in good stead. What started as a one-vehicle project has now grown into a mega venture boasting of a fleet of vehicles that not only ply in Vizag but also in the neighbouring Srikakulam and Vizianagaram besides Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and Hyderabad. Mr. Thakur has built a seamless rapport with his peers and enjoys a great reputation. Today big public and private companies in the field look up to him for his guidance. Practically nothing moves here without his being taken into confidence or without his consultation.

He is married to Mrs.Asha Devi for the past 23 years. True to her name she filled his life with hope and love. Taking complete charge of the family and household affairs, she plays a complementing role in his life. She is the real pillar of strength. He goes about his business without fretting over the happenings at home. His innumerable business tours often keep him away from home while Mrs.Asha holds the fort at home and doesn’t let any family member feel his absence.

Their only daughter Neha Thakur is pursuing a degree in Company Secretaries in Mumbai.

Extremely busy as he is, he finds very little time to spend with his family. Yet whenever he gets a breather and leisure, he gives it to his family. Spending as much time as possible with his family members is his priority, proving that he is an out and out family man. There cannot be a better choice than Mr. Thakur to evaluate and talk of his experience with Mahindra and Automotive

ASSOCIATION WITH MAHINDRA AND AUTOMOTIVE:-
The basic dynamics of travel style and travel requirements have changed enormously over the years, with innumerable modes of transport and vehicles being invented and introduced in the market. People were compelled to look beyond Ambassador cars to stay in the competition and sustain in the transport business.

There is one perceptible peculiarity as far as the Vizag customers are concerned. They always prefer to travel along with their entire family. The travel frequency has also increased drastically. That is when the new range of Mahindra utility vehicles came into picture. It is little wonder that they are instant hit as they are worth the price one pays. Their low and easy maintenance is an added attraction.

“Mahindra vehicles’ off road capabilities and their ability to reach even the toughest and rural terrains are time-tested factor and much established fact. Basically, the options of seating capacity of up to nine persons make us choose Mahindra Utility vehicles. Vehicles such as Thar Di, Bolero, Xylo, Scorpio and Verito are welcome addition to fleet of cars. These are the most sought after as far as the individual and corporate customers are concerned,” says Mr. Thakur.

“I was the first person to explore the opportunities that the growing industrial world has offered to travel operators like us. I always believed and lived by the maxim propounded by Robert Bosch - Rather lose money than lose the confidence of my customers. I am sure my basics are absolutely right,” he adds. “Automotive Manufacturers Pvt. Ltd at Vizag is my trusted company at the door next. My association with it dates back to more than two decades. I depend on them not only for expansion of my fleet but also for maintenance of my vehicles. Its customer-centric approach and its habit of delivering the right products and impeccable service have taken our purchase and maintaining experience to a new high. I with great pleasure say that their vast service network at even remote and rural locations is the icing on the cake. What more can a Tour and Travel operator ask for?” quizzes Mr. Thakur.

Automotive Manufactures Pvt Ltd was incorporated in 1948, under the dynamic leadership of Mr. Manubhai Sanghvi and Mr. P.P.Sanghvi. The company started as one of the main dealers of Leyland Motors, UK, for marketing their products in the erstwhile Bombay, Hyderabad and Saurashtra. It took up the dealership for Mahindra & Mahindra Limited in 1958. The company started operations in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Now Automotive has dealerships in Hyderabad, Vishakapatnam, Vijayawada and Kurnool districts across Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra Pradesh Operations are headed by Mr. Mahesh P Sanghvi, JMD and Mr.Rajeev M.Sanghvi, ED. Automotive Vizag Operations is headed by Mr.Rajkumar Kurrup, CEO with a team of dedicated and skilled automobile professionals. The company has the state of the art showrooms at Maddilapalem, Isukathota in Vizag and Srikakulam. It also has established service centres at Maddilapalem, Paradesipalem, Auto Nagar and Srikakulam. Shortly a full-fledged showroom and service centre are coming up in Vijayawada.

THE STATEMENT:
HE “I am extremely thankful to Mahindra & Mahindra for the products and Automotive Manufactures at Visakhapatnam for the valuable guidance and support they render to me from time to time. They have empowered me to meet all my aspirations and have been with me shoulder to shoulder in all my efforts. I nurse a very deep desire to visit at least one of its five manufacturing plants. I heard of their magnificent units at Kandhiwali, Nasik, Chakkan, Haridwar and Zaheerabad. I am eagerly looking forward to this which I am sure will be a lifetime experience. As a Loyal Customer of Mahindra, I sincerely hope this will happen very shortly.”

 
 
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