Commuters at the Mumbai Central terminus will no longer have to squabble with taxi drivers for overcharging or refusing to ply.
A prepaid taxi stand would be started at the Mumbai Central station, at its East exit. This will help passengers being fleeced by cab drivers who manipulate their meters and make them run fast. This would be the first prepaid taxi stand in the city built at a railway station.
A booth has been erected outside the station. This would serve as the booking counter for passengers. Passengers will have to name their destination, and pay the fixed fare - which would depend on the distance to be travelled - at the booking counter itself.
"There would be no cases of cab drivers fleecing or turning passengers down," said an official from the Regional Transport Office.
At present, two lanes have been formed for cabs at the Mumbai Central station, in which about 50 cabs can be accommodated. The fares will be decided by the RTO.
Bandra Terminus, Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Dadar station are the other stations in the pipeline, where the system will be implemented.
"Around 19 long distance trains arrive at Mumbai Central every day and around 28 arrive at Bandra Terminus daily," said S Chandrayan chief PRO, Western Railway.
Of the total fare, an incentive will be given to the driver, ranging from 10-40% of the fare, depending on the distance. The longer the distance, lesser the percentage share of incentive.
Another component of the fare would be a Rs10 service charge, going to the union operating the booth.