We will implement the new autorickshaw fare (with Rs.14 as the minimum ) in earnest from August 20 as it is eminently practicable,” Collector Neeraj Mittal told a press conference here on Friday. This should be a good reason for a sigh of relief for the commuters in Coimbatore where buses are overcrowded and the only alternative to two wheelers is Autos.
Citing the availability of LPG as fuel for the autos, the collector said that this fare structure is more than practical and also due to the less congestion in Coimbatore when compared to Madras should make the vehicles slightly fuel efficient resulting in better milage. ( What he did not say here is , provided if the autos are not using the kerosene mixed with petrol) The prime cited for this structuring is Bangalore where autos are used widely due to its affordability and uniformity of the rates. Prepaid autos will also be introduced in Coimbatore.
In case of some drivers seeking “excess fare” from Monday, the public could complain to the control offices in the Regional Transport Offices.
Coimbatore (South)—0422- 2212520;
Coimbatore (North) – 0422 2218449;
Mettupalayam—04254 226330 and
Tirupur – 0421 2473545.
The autorickshaw fares have to be controlled and the drivers should be made to abide by the rules. Common citizens who use autos for their travel can breathe a sigh of relief atleast in coimbatore as the Collector of Coimbatore sounds atleast serious in enforcing the fare rules set by the State Government. The autorickshaw who are used to fleece the public will have to adjust to the new reality in the short term but in long term they will benefit a lot due to increased passenger traffic and lesser downtime.