The state transport department has formed the route management committee to solve the existing problems related to the plying of auto-rickshaws before introducing the auto-rickshaw policy. In a bid to do so, the committee held a meeting with representatives of the vehicles owners on Friday afternoon. Representatives of all the 125 routes on which auto-rickshaws ply in the city were present in the meeting.
Auto-rickshaw drivers have been directed to ply their vehicles on the permitted route. They have also been asked to submit their details to the state Transport department. It is learnt that the information would include a phone number in which the driver would remain accessible. The driver would be pulled up if anyone drops any complaint in the box that has to be installed in each and every auto-rickshaw stand. The committee has directed the representatives of all the 125 routes to set up a complaint box as early as possible.
The Transport department would take stringent steps against the driver if the complaints against them are found to be true.
The committee members have also shown their reservation on the fare that drivers used to charge from commuters till date. The committee has urged the representatives of auto-rickshaw drivers and owners from 10 routes to bring down the fare by a certain percentage. The decision has been taken after the committee members found in an enquiry that fares on the 10 routes were inflated.
The representatives have accepted the recommendations. The members would soon take its decision on how to solve the problem of the plying of unregistered auto-rickshaws. State Transport minister, Suvendu Adhikari had said that number of unregistered auto-rickshaws was equal to that of registered ones.
It may be mentioned that auto-rickshaw drivers had demanded before the department to allow them ply vehicles round-the-clock during Durga Puja. Department officials are yet to take any concrete decision on the issue.