City centre may get prepaid autos
In a bid to check exorbitant auto fares, the city traffic police may launch a prepaid service from Huda City Centre Metro station. It will soon ask the concerned authorities to constitute a committee and fix fares for various parts of the city.
"To prevent auto drivers from fleecing commuters, a prepaid auto service is being proposed by the police. The prepaid service will be launched from the metro station premises as it has vacant space available," said Bharti Arora, DCP (traffic), Gurgaon.
A major portion of the 29,000-square-metre parking space at the Huda City Centre Metro station is lying unused due to ongoing construction activities for a shopping mall. According to the traffic police, roads are often occupied by private vehicles, taxis and auto-rickshaws in the absence of a dedicated stand.
With a prepaid auto service within the Metro premises, there should be fewer traffic snarls in the area, Arora added.
However, daily commuters have little hope that the plan will see the light of the day.
"It's a good initiative but I wonder how many auto drivers are going to comply. There is hardly any auto in the city with a meter installed. But I hope this step will reduce chaos near the Metro premises. Plus, we will get to know the legal fares," said Malik, a daily commuter.
At present, there is not even a single prepaid auto stand in the city. The proposed counters will arrange autos for passengers against a fixed charge. After passengers reach their destination, drivers can collect the fare at the prepaid stand, as it is practiced in Delhi.