Is Pettah Pre-paid Auto Counter Looting People?
On Mar 12, 2015
|Trivandrum: The pre-paid auto rickshaw counter at the Pettah railway station is a boon especially for those coming by trains late in the evening. However, things here have not necessarily gone as per plan.
The prepaid auto rickshaw counter at Pettah seems to fleece the passengers hiring the auto rickshaws. The rates fixed for travel between nearby places seem to be much higher that the rates charged by local auto rickshaws.
Bivinlal, a daily user of these prepaid autos showed his 'pre-paid receipt' to this reporter and said, “I go to my office (at Statue) daily by auto after getting down at the Pettah railway station. This is my daily routine. These autos are charging Rs.44 for the 3 km journey between Pettah and Statue. Since, this is my only easy option, I am compelled to use this. I’ve travelled in other auto rickshaws and it costs much lesser.”
The pre-paid counter was started in response to the complaints regarding excess fares demanded by local auto rickshaw drivers. But this counter is now proving to be counter productive.
The auto drivers, however, had a difference in opinion. “We are not charging the rate on our own. The rates are being fixed by the authorities. A committee comprising representatives from Traffic Police and the Transport Department prepared the fare chart. Keltron is in charge of the ticket system. Many people asked us the same thing and we have only this answer for them,” said a few auto drivers while speaking to Yentha.
Editor's note: Yentha will follow up this story with the concerned authorities.