Prepaid autorickshaw service to be rolled out in Noida
The department, in order to make travelling safer for commuters and also preventing their fleecing by autorickshaw drivers, has decided to streamline auto fares by introducing the service. As a pilot project, the service will first start from two places in the city. It may be noted that in December last year, state transport department made it mandatory for autorickshaws in the district to have fare meter.
However, auto drivers have not been <g data-gr-id="27">plying</g> by the meter. They have been demanding that the fare be hiked and brought on par with Delhi. The autorickshaw fare in the city is much lower than neighbouring Delhi.
The city commuters allege that autorickshaw drivers often overcharge. To check fleecing of commuters by autorickshaw drivers in Gautam Budh Nagar, district magistrate NP Singh had directed the regional transport officer to conduct a survey and find out whether the demand by the autorickshaw drivers to bring the <g data-gr-id="37">fare</g> in Noida on par with Delhi is justified.
“I know unless the fare is revised, we cannot start the pre-paid service. I hope a notification in this regard will be issued soon,” Singh had said.
It would be pertinent to mention that the local authorities, in order to improve traffic system of the city, has announced <g data-gr-id="30">slew</g> of measures. The departments have claimed streamline public transport by taking <g data-gr-id="28">slew</g> of measures.
“Ensuring last mile connectivity, regularising rickshaws, autorickshaws and other means of public transport and expansion of metro lines are the key initiatives which are being taken these days. <g data-gr-id="34">Plying</g> of more buses in and around the city will be ensured in near future,” a senior NOIDA official had said earlier.
PSV badge made mandatory for Delhi auto-drivers
Taking note of complaints against auto drivers, the Aam Aadmi Party government has made it mandatory for them to wear Public Services Vehicle (PSV) badge, a step it feels would help identify errant drivers. The Delhi government has warned that stringent action would be taken against auto drivers if they fail to comply with its order. At present, there are more than 80,000 autos plying in the national Capital.The government's move comes few days after the transport department launched a special drive against autorickshaws "harassing" passengers.