Starting mini or ring route bus services could provide commuters the much-required option against unruly autorickshaw unions who constantly threaten of strikes, say transport activists.
“The initiative should be taken up by the local Advance Locality Managements (ALMs) or societies especially during peak hours. The Regional Transport Office (RTO) has rights to issue special permits. The permits can be issued to ALMs that are keen on starting the service to facilitate citizens,” said transport activist Sunil Mone.
Mone has identified four locations to start the ring route services and has submitted a proposal on the same to the RTO (western region).
Meanwhile, Sharad Rao-led Mumbai Autorickshaw men’s Union has threatened of a strike in March, seeking Rs5-hike in minimum fare and opposing the state transport department’s directive of making electronic meters compulsory in autorickshaws.
Shirish Deshpande, chairperson, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, said: “We will oppose the petition being filed by Sharad Rao against implementation of e-meters.”