Free run for autorickshaws within NCR

  • Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Nov 13, 2011 11:58 IST

This should cheer you up if you live in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The Supreme Court's decision last Friday to allow at least 45,000 more auto-rickshaws to ply between Delhi and NCR cities like Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad will ensure that you don't have to haggle over extra fares.

The governments of Delhi, Haryana, UP and Rajasthan had signed an agreement to allow buses, taxis and autos to move freely in their states. While buses and taxis have no restriction, the decision on the limit of autos, a key mode of transport for office-goers, was stuck for a while. The apex court had fixed this number at 55,000 autos in 1997.

Since the number of people commuting between Delhi and NCR towns is huge, the state government has decided to give its transport plan a boost.

"While registering new autos in Delhi, we will leave a window for enough autos registered in other states to come to Delhi," the transport department official said.

Not just that. The department is also planning to rope in firms managing radio taxis in Delhi to run autos on NCR routes.

 

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