Every morning, Anuradha Gupta, 25, fights with autowallas before she reaches her office. Gupta complains, “Even after a considerable fare hike, Delhi’s autowallas are not ready to go by the fare meter. They either quote high fare or take long routes to charge more.” Gupta is not the only person who faces auto menace in the Capital. Many Delhiites share the woe of being overcharged by the city’s autowallas.
Amid all this chaos, the Delhi government’s plan to install Global Positioning System (GPS) in autos comes as a big relief. GPS will enable passengers to view the route taken by the auto driver. Besides, commuters will get an electronic receipt, which will show the distance travelled and the fare charged. But, auto drivers are not happy. Just last week, Delhi’s auto drivers’ unions went on a day-long strike, demanding that the government foots the bill for the GPS device, which needs to be installed.
As the debate is still on, we asked a few Delhiites to comment on the government’s plan to tackle auto menace. “The plan should be implemented as soon as possible,” says Sumukhi Vaish, 24. “GPS will be of great help to the tourists visiting the city,” adds Vaish. Rohit Sharma, a corporate professional, says, “Let’s hope that the government carries out the GPS plan real soon.”
The GPS will have the panic button — when you press this, the location of the auto will be monitored and will be provided assistance if required. The panic button will definitely make night travel safer.
“I never hire an auto late in the night. But monitoring the whereabouts of autos will make things much easier, especially for girls,” says Kanika Gupta, a student of Delhi University.