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Prepaid taxis, autos to 140 new areas

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 04, 2013
First Published: 23:29 IST(4/4/2013) | Last Updated: 23:30 IST(4/4/2013)

In a bid to provide relief to commuters from remote areas of the city, the Delhi traffic police on Wednesday revised the list of destinations for prepaid taxis and auto-rickshaws to include 140 new places.

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The new destinations include Delhi’s rural areas, unauthorised colonies and some far-flung Metro stations.

From next week, prepaid auto-rickshaws and taxis from five locations — New Delhi railway station’s Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj sides, Old Delhi railway station, Nizamuddin railway station and terminal 1 and 3 of the Indira Gandhi International airport— will provide services to all the new areas, said the traffic police.

With the inclusion of new areas, prepaid service will be available to 938 locations in Delhi, said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).
“It (revision) was a huge task on our part as we had to thoroughly survey 700 routes (140 new destinations from five locations) and fix the prepaid fare structure based on distance under the existing fare bracket,” said Shukla.

The traffic police have also prepared a list of locations in NCR and will notify the list within a few days. “The list is ready with us. But we will notify (this) only after certain technical issues are sorted out,” a senior traffic police official said.

The decision to revise the prepaid list was taken in a meeting with representatives of auto-rickshaw unions on February 11. It was a long pending demand of the unions.

Rajendra Soni, president of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh, while welcoming the move of the traffic police, stressed on the fare revision that has been pending for over two years now.

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