To provide more security to long distance travelers, the state government will be setting up prepaid auto stands outside major railway stations in the city like Borivali, Andheri, Bandra Terminus and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT).
There has been rising demands for prepaid auto stands outside major railway stations after the murder of IT professional Esther Anusaya.
“We have called for a meeting of officials from the railways as well as the Mumbai Police for help in setting up of prepaid auto stands,” said Shailesh Sharma, principal secretary (transport).
Sharma said the setting up of a prepaid taxi stand was necessary to ensure the safety of long distance commuters, especially women who travelled alone.
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“The prepaid auto stand will at least have a record of which commuter sat in which vehicle. It will provide a degree of safety to commuters,” Sharma said.
He added that the meeting with railways was necessary as land was required for the project. He said police support was necessary to set up parking facilities for the project.
Sharma said the projects could get operational by the middle of the year.
The state has been making provisions and announcements for prepaid taxi stands outside railway stations, but there is no facility of prepaid auto stands in the city.
Esther, a software engineer with the TCS in Mumbai, went missing from LTT on January 5, and her body was found in a severely decomposed condition in Bhandup on January 10. The post-mortem later established that she was killed within an hour of her disappearance. The police were looking at the possibility that Esther could have been murdered by a rogue auto or taxi driver.