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My dream auto rickshaw

Hike in auto fares may have made the autowallahs happy, but it also means living upto high commuter expectations. here's what the Delhiites have to say...

entertainment Updated: Jun 28, 2010 00:46 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

With the increase in CNG prices in the Capital, Delhiites are forced to shell out more money each time they travel in an auto rickshaw or a taxi. The price hike, though, has not taken very sportingly by Delhi residents. They have their own set of demands before they dole out more money for auto fares. We asked a few Delhiites as to what their ‘dream auto’ should have. Here are the most popular results.

Well-behaved and English speaking drivers
Delhi wants their auto drivers not to be chewing tobacco and spitting all over the place. They should also be well-dressed, well-behaved and should converse in English. “We should have better educated and soft spoken drivers. Now since the Commonwealth Games are also fast approaching, it will help the tourists if we have English speaking auto drivers who are well-mannered and better dressed,” says Laksh Sethi, a student.

Side Fans
“I know an air conditioned auto rickshaw is a far-fetched dream. However, we can atleast have side fans to deal with the hot weather and may be in future we can have an AC auto rickshaw like the new AC buses,” wishes Richa Sachdeva, a bank employee.

Cushion Seats
Delhiites want that all the autos in the town should be well-maintained with comfortable seats for commuters. “Some auto seats are really bad and hard. My butt hurts each time I travel in an auto rickshaw. I wish we have better cushioned seats,” says Saumya Anand, a media consultant. “Seeing the road condition these days (all thanks to Commonwealth preparation), we have forgotten what a smooth ride is. So better cushioned seats will act as a big relief,” adds Gaurav, a media professional.

Commuter Operated Music System
“Auto drivers put music of their own choice and each time I travel in an auto, I have to tell them to either lower the volume or switch it off. What if we have a remote to operate the music system and may be an option to change CD as well,” says Rajesh Kapoor, a DU student.

GPS Facility
Recently, the Delhi government announced that it would have a GPS service in the new e-Ricks that it will be introducing during the Commonwealth Games. Having one in CNG autos is also not a bad option. “Installing GPS monitoring systems in the autos is not a bad idea. Half of the time the drivers don’t know the route,” says Anshum Grover, an event organiser. “This way they will not be able to fool us by taking a longer route and charging extra money,” he adds.

Well-behaved and English speaking drivers
GPS facilities
Side fans
Cushion seats
Commuter operated music system

First Published: Jun 27, 2010 17:23 IST