Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Commuters spared tampered meters

Commuters spared tampered meters
Digital Ones Mandatory In Autos Within A Year

Bangalore: Green autos, the ambitious project of the transport department, are showing the way ahead. These autos, some already on the roads, were officially flagged off by transport minister R Ashoka in front of the Vidhana Soudha on Tuesday.
Ashoka told reporters later: “The four-stroke autos are LPG fitted and they are environmentally friendly. They’re
also fitted with digital meters, which will spare commuters the hassle of dealing with tampered meters. We’ve also instructed manufacturers to henceforth produce only fourstroke autorickshaws.”
He said within a year, twostroke autos in the state will phased out and digital meters will be mandatory for all autos within a year. “Autos which don’t comply will not pass the fitness test next year,’’ he said.
To assist this process, the minister announced the government’s subsidy schemes, wherein auto drivers will get Rs 10,000 subsidy for converting from two-stroke to fourstroke, Rs 1,000 for converting to digital meters and Rs 3,000 for fitting LPG kits. Of the 80,000-odd autos in the city, nearly 50,000 are two-stroke vehicles.
Ashoka claimed that Karnataka is the only state to have taken such eco- and commuter-friendly measures. The minister said initially only Bangalore will have green autos, but gradually other cities will have them as well.
Ashoka said that within two or three days, the BBMP ward reservation list will be released. He added that the second round of title deeds will be distributed under the Nemmadi Narayana project and the report regarding Akrama-Sakrama has been submitted to the chief minister.
“We’re not taking development activities only with an eye on the polls,” he said.


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