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RTO-regulated auto,taxi booths to come up at railway station,airport

Facility on railway premises expected to be operational by June,a week given for objections

Written by Pupul Chatterjee | Published: May 4, 2012 3:40:45 am

Facility on railway premises expected to be operational by June,a week given for objections

For rail and air passengers,haggling with autorickshaw and taxi drivers outside Pune railway station and Lohegaon airport may soon be a thing of the past with the Regional Transport Office (RTO),Pune,deciding to set up pre-paid autorickshaw and taxi stands at these places.

They will be regulated by the RTO unlike the ones being run by private operators at present.

The pre-paid autorickshaw stand at the railway station is expected to be operational by June. A week has been given to autorickshaw unions and commuter organisations to come up with any objection to or suggestions for the proposed fare structure and other logistics.

A meeting of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA),headed by Pune district collector Vikas Dekshmukh,will be held next week with all stakeholders to finalise the proposal. Regional Transport Officer,Pune,Arun Yeola,who is the secretary of the RTA and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic),Vishwas Pandhare,member,RTA,will also be present in the meeting.

Yeola said,“This has been done keeping in mind the need to regulate rickshaw and taxi fares at the railway station and the airport. Drivers charge exorbitant fares and fleece people new to the city. Even local residents have complained of irregularities as they have to haggle after a tiring journey,despite fixed meter rates.

“In the first phase,the pre-paid autorickshaw stand at the railway station will be made operational. It will be followed by the taxi stand and then both rickshaw and taxi stands at the airport.

Printed receipts will be issued to commuters on the basis of a fare chart that will be made available at the stand. “The fare will be fixed on distance and route. As of now,fare for rickshaws will be fixed as per the present rates of Rs 11 for the first one kilometre and Rs 10 every subsequent kilometre. Rickshaw and taxi drivers will get an incentive of 20-30 per cent on basic fare,” explained Yeola.

With regard to implementation,Pandhare said,“Pre-paid systems will be implemented by the RTO,Pune,in association with the traffic branch of Pune police. We will check overall traffic arrangements and make sure traffic is smooth,while the RTO will monitor fares. We expect the pre-paid rickshaw stand at Pune railway station to be operational in June. After that it will be extended to the airport.”

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