Commuters will have to bear with tampered mechanical meters for a little while longer. The Regional Transport Office has rubbished reports of the state government making electronic meters mandatory for new autorickshaws. The government, it turns out, is still undecided over the program of enforcing e-meters in auto rickshaws.
The state government on Monday revoked its stay order on the decision on installing e-meters on autorickshaws, dated June 9, 2009. However, transport commissioner VN More told HT that this does not imply that e-meters have been made mandatory for new autorickshaws in the city. “The decision to install e-meters is being reviewed by the technical committee,” said More.
Auto unions and drivers have vehemently opposed implementation of e-meters. The Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, led by Thampy Kurien, submitted a list of queries “We have shown the transport department that these are not tamper proof. Also, every time the fare structure is changed, they will have to be recalibrated,” said Kurien.
However, consumer organisations are still in favour of them. Shirish Deshpande, chairman, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat said: “E-meters add to transparency. They should be made mandatory by the state immediately.”
More said that it would take at least a year for the state to enforce installation of e-meters on all autos. “We will first enforce it in new autos, but we’ll decide the dates only after the committee submits its report.”