Commuters may no longer have to haggle with autorickshaw drivers over faulty meters and overcharging.
After starting the Bandra share-a-rickshaw stand, the state transport department and the Regional Transport Office (RTO) on Wednesday inaugurated 23 share-a-rickshaw stands in areas such as Mulund, Bhandup, Kurla, Chembur, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar and Kanjurmarg.
The move comes after the transport department received around 4,000 complaints on its helpline against autorickshaws with faulty metres. Many of the complainants had requested that share-a-rickshaw stands be started across the city. Following the complaints, state transport minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil had announced that the department would start 47 such stands across Mumbai by September 30. The transport authorities are taking help from the traffic police department to ensure that there is no trouble from auto drivers, especially outside railway stations.
“We want to avoid the problems that we had in Bandra (East). We have asked for assistance from the police,” said a transport official. “The autorickshaw drivers in the eastern suburbs are not as unruly as those in Bandra (East). So, we hope there won’t be any problem here,” said V Pandkar, RTO, Wadala.
Currently, there are 80 share-a-rickshaw stands mainly in the western suburbs. There are 100 illegal stands across the city. The RTO has already begun surveying these illegal stands.
The transport department plans to create 288 share-a-rickshaw stands across Mumbai in the next few months.
The transport department also plans to have new share-a-taxi stands. According to sources in the RTO, there are 160 such stands in the city. After compiling a list of the number of stands, the department officials will ask the BMC for help in identifying additional space to set up the new stands.