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Autorickshaws, a Hobson’s choice for city commuters

india Updated: Jan 04, 2012 02:04 IST
HT Correspondent

While city residents are still waiting for the launch of 100 city buses as announced by the administration last year, the commuters have the Hobson’s choice to use autorickshaws despite being overcharged frequently.

Though the district administration fixed the tariff a month ago, autorickshaw drivers continue to exploit the passengers in the absence of an alternative mode of travelling within the city.

“In the absence of city buses, it is the monopoly of autorickshaws and they are exploiting the residents. I think administration should look into the matter seriously,” said Vishesh Gaur, a resident.

The administration, on the other hand, holds people equally responsible for their ordeal.

“We cannot achieve results without support of residents. They are the ones who are paying. If they do not object to it, we would not be able to get the desired results,” deputy commissioner PC Meena said.

He assured that meters will be installed in all the autorickshaws soon to curb the menace.

Meanwhile, the DC also reiterated last year’s promise to launch the local bus service. “This year we would certainly introduce the city bus service,” he added.

Commuters found huge relief with the arrival of the Delhi Metro last year which linked it to the National Capital.

Several MNC executives use the Metro to reach offices in Gurgaon which is a commercial hub of offices and malls.

However, lack of feeder bus services remains a problem and people once again have to fall back on autos to reach stations.