The regional transport department will be putting up a proposal before the forthcoming regional transport authority (RTA) meeting for approval of five ‘pink auto’ stands in Ghaziabad and another 14 in Gautam Budh Nagar.
The five stands in Ghaziabad will have a provision for 25 women-only pink autos while the 14 in neighbouring Gautam Budh Nagar will have a provision for 340 such autos. The two proposals were cleared earlier by the administration of the two districts.
“Without the validation of the pink auto stands in both the districts, they will not get permission to ply from the designated stands chosen by the respective district administrations. Once validated by RTA, the auto stands that come up will be separate from normal auto stands,” said Mayank Jyoti, regional transport officer.
However, even after months of deliberations, the pink auto service is yet to start. Recently, after the transport department failed to start this service for women, the Ghaziabad police held a meeting with auto unions and initiated a batch of 20 pink autos, with previous permits, on their own.
Over the issue of initiating the service, the transport department officials said that they got all proposals for the pink auto service cleared, but no auto owners came forward for permits.
“The Ghaziabad police initiated the service on their own, but no specific permits were issued by us as per the policy and guidelines laid down. We have no auto owners coming to adopt the scheme even as all the necessary clearances were obtained and cleared from our end,” Jyoti added.