In less than 10 days, there would be respite for train passengers arriving in the city on long distance trains. The much-delayed prepaid black and yellow taxi scheme is expected to begin at Mumbai Central terminus on August 15.
This prepaid taxi system will prevent passengers from being cheated by cabbies. It includes fare, which will be decided based on a chart provided by the regional transport office (RTO). These charts will be kept at a booth provided outside the railway station. A taxi union selected by the RTO will operate the booth.
Tardeo RTO sources said they are trying to get chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan, who also heads the transport department, to inaugurate this booth. They are in the final stages of formulating the software for printing the fares. “If the scheme is successful at Mumbai Central railway station we will extend it to other stations,” said M Jadhav, in-charge of Tardeo RTO.
The scheme has been stuck for nearly two months because of a tussle among different taxi unions. It has now been decided that each of these booths would be allotted to one union each. The Mumbai Taxi Chalak Malak Sangh has been assigned the task of operating the booth at Mumbai Central.