January 8, 2009 12:12:39 am
Considering the ongoing tussle between the autorickshaw union and the Administration on the issue of the number of schoolchildren to be carried at a time, Garima Sharma and Reeta Kashive spoke to a few residents to gauge public sentiment on the issue. While a few were against the ban,most people agreed that the number of passengers in an autorickshaw should be limited.
* Anju Sharma,housewife
More than five children should not be allowed in an auto. I feel insecure when my child travels in an autorickshaw as it is too risky. Children often play pranks which makes the situation even more dangerous.
* Navita Acharya,journalist
The government has taken the right decision to restrict the number of children in an auto. Five children will be more comfortable as compared to ten crammed in one auto. The chances of an accident increase in an overloaded autorickshaw.
* Raju,autorickshaw driver
The Administration should also consider our financial problems. They should allow us to carry at least six to seven children at a time. Carrying only five children is not profitable at all. Autos are also a cheaper mode of transport in comparison to the school buses.
* Anju,teacher,Sri Aurobindo School of Integral Education
According to me,safety of children should always be the priority and authorities should deal with the auto drivers strictly. It is also the duty of the parents to ensure that the autorickshaws carrying their children are not overcrowded.
* Jitender Prasad,auto driver
I do not have a problem with the decision of the government to carry only five children at a time. Earlier,I used to carry eight children but now I make sure not to accommodate more than five students. To make sure that I do not suffer economically,I have increased the rates being charged from each student.
* Mohinder Jeet,assistant bank manager
I drop my child to school myself. Auto drivers at times carry more than 15 children at a time,which is very risky. A middle path needs to be chalked out to avoid risk to schoolchildren and also to ensure that auto drivers do not suffer economically. There is a need to have some rules and regulations to put a check on overloaded autos.
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