Monday, January 28, 2008

Commuters okay fare hike, seek better service

Commuters okay fare hike, seek better service

Bangalore: “Make meters tamper-proof, ensure more courteous service and we won’t mind a nominal increase in autorickshaw fares.’’ That’s Bangaloreans telling autorickshaw drivers, who have been demanding a steep rise in fares.
The revised fares will be decided at a Road Transport Authority meeting on Tuesday. The autorickshaw unions have demanded a minimum fare of Rs 15 and Rs 7.50 per kilometre thereon.
The subcommittee formed by Bangalore Urban deputy commissioner M A Sadiq to study fare demand has submitted its report after factoring in feedback. The auto union members had threatened to take out a Raj Bhavan Chalo on Monday. But they’ve decided to wait out till Tuesday following a meeting with Sadiq on Sunday.
Sadiq, who is also the RTA chairman, told The Times of India that a concrete decision would be taken as the subcommittee’s report has been finalised. “There will be no protest or auto strike on Monday. The issue will be sorted out amicably.’’


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