Secretary, Regional Transport Authority, Gurgaon
What does the RTA plan to do to fix auto-rickshaw fares and install meters?
We have written to the headquarters and as soon as they notify us, we will launch an extensive drive to fix the fares and install meters. The residents can hope for regulated rides in the near future.
What about those auto-rickshaw drivers who violate the dress code on duty?
We are aware of the problem so we have decided to launch a drive next week to issue identification badges. We will also clamp down heavily upon those who are flouting the uniform rule on duty. We regularly go in for licence verification drives.
What about rogue auto drivers who misbehave with commuters?
There are many rogue elements who have entered the auto business and are fleecing passengers. We are planning to launch an ‘orientation programme’ for drivers where we will try to instill some civility and basic social behavior so that they do not misbehave with people, especially women. We have started a verification drive for auto-rickshaws that ply on dark stretches in the city.
What about minors driving rickshaws?
I know that minor drivers endanger the lives of commuters and to check the malpractice, we have decided to arrest them and seize the vehicle, besides issuing challans. Perhaps, jail will deter them.
Unauthorised auto stands have mushroomed in the city. How are you going to tackle it?
Autos have started plying in the city only in the last couple of years and Gurgaon’s infrastructure is still not ready to imbibe them. We will write to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) to allot us land so that authorised auto stands can be set up. It is not just the absence of public transport that has made this city intractable. We launched a scheme wherein we wanted to start 16-seater air-conditioned buses and we were more than willing to give permits, but sadly no one turned up.
(As told to Siddhartha Rai)