The 100-odd unauthorised share-a-rickshaw stands in the western and eastern suburbs of the city will soon be legalised by the state transport department.
These stands, where drivers charge anywhere between Rs 5-7 per seat even for short distances, will complement the transport department’s 80 share-a-rickshaw stands in the suburbs. This will also help commuters, as the department would put up boards stating the fare to be paid.
The department has surveyed 22 illegal stands in the eastern suburbs and 20 in the western suburbs. Some of these stands are in Jogeshwari, Goregaon, Borivli, Kandivli, Malad, Deonar, Ghatkopar and Kurla. A Balachandra, regional transport officer, Mumbai-west said, “We have started surveying the number of illegal share-a-rickshaw stands where fares have not been approved or fixed by us." Once the authorities complete their survey, name of the destinations would be put up on the stands.
“These stands have been functioning for years, where the drivers have mutual understanding with the locals. The rates have not been fixed by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) and so the drivers charge more,” said an official from the transport department.
State transport minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, on Thursday, inaugurated two share-a-rickshaw routes from Bandra (East) station, which would have autos going up to New English School and GN Colony, both in Bandra (East). Initially, the routes would be in the western suburbs at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), Santacruz station, Andheri station, Seepz, among other areas.