A double whammy for commuters

Aug 15, 2013, 00:06 IST | Salil Urunkar

Auto union wants reduction in waiting time from 100 secs to 50 secs, plus a fare hike

If things fall into perspective as per demands put forth by the auto unions, then soon commuters would be paying through their noses for travelling, especially on congested roads during peak hours.

All sorted? District Supply Officer Dnyaneshwar Javanja hands a written assurance of extending timing of MNGL petrol pumps in the city to Rickshaw Panchayat convener Nitin Pawar.

Rickshaw Panchayat, the largest union of auto drivers, demanded reduction in waiting time from 100 seconds to 50 seconds, apart from a fare hike.

Nitin Pawar, convener of the union said, “The ever-increasing number of vehicles, congestion and narrow roads result to excess fuel consumption, eventually resulting is monetary loss for a driver. So we want the waiting period be reduced to 50 seconds to compensate this loss.”

The union had also demanded an increase in number of CNG filling stations and that the existing ones should remain open from 5 am to 12 am, to which District Supply Officer Dnyaneshwar Javanjal gave his assurance in writing.

“After Javanjal gave us the letter today, we decided to withdraw our bandh to protest against the administration’s apathy towards auto drivers.

We are also looking forward to the meeting organised with the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) on Monday, which will decide on the fare hike. If they don’t approve the hike, we will take out a morcha to collector office with our vehicles,” Pawar said. “The last fare hike was approved by the RTA in November 2011.

Snce then fuel prices have skyrocketed and inflation has also reached an all-time high. This has made life of auto drivers miserable and so we have demanded a fare hike.”

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