Plan to install electronic meters in autos delayed

Updated on Dec 20, 2011 01:05 AM IST

RTOs yet to submit feasibility reports for state to issue order that makes e-meters mandatory.

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None | ByPrajakta Chavan, Mumbai

If you don’t see electronic meters in autos starting January 1, you can blame it on the regional transport officials.

The Regional Transport Authority (RTA), the governing body of the RTOs, has not yet submitted feasibility reports to the state, based on which the government is expected to issue the final order for executing the plan to replace all mechanical meters with electronic ones in Mumbai.

Following the crackdown on autos running on tampered meters in September, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had asked state officials to ensure that all autos install electronic meters. In turn, the state transport department had asked all regional offices to submit feasibility reports to their respective RTAs.

State transport commissioner VN More said he has not yet received reports from any RTA. “The government will take a decision on the basis of the reports.” The Wadala RTO said it has submitted its feasibility report, while the Andheri RTO said its report is ready for submission.

“It was decided that all autos should be fitted with electronic meters starting January 1, 2012, whenever they come to us for the annual fitness certificate. We are ready to stick to the date provided the state issues orders,” said a Wadala RTO official, requesting anonymity.

Auto unions have agreed to back the installation of electronic meters provided there are enough service centres, electronic meters are covered under a guarantee period and meters made by different companies cost the same.

“A fortnight ago, our technical doubts about electronic meters were cleared. But we want out demands to be met,” said Rajender Desai, general secretary of the Maharashtra Rickshaw Chalak Sena Auto-rickshaw Union, which is affiliated to the Shiv Sena.

“There are eight manufactures who sell meters for different prices. We want the same rates,” said Haji Arafat Shaikh, president of Maharashtra Navnirman Vahatuk Sena.

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