Old Gurgaon's bus stand makes way for the third pre-paid auto booth this Monday. Gurgaon Police Commissioner Alok Mittal, who inaugurated the booth said ''we will be opening another one at IFFCO Chowk soon.''
move is aimed at tackling the problem of over-charging by auto-
rickshaw drivers and increasing the safety of passengers”, Mittal
said to the Indian Express. The booth operator said ''there isn't a
lot of traffic for auto- rickshaw here, so there is unlikely to be
any rush. It is probably why the auto- rickshaw drivers don't have a
problem with the pre- paid system.'' The booth operator, managed to
complete only around 30 transactions per day.
after the installation of the new booth, the auto- rickshaw drivers
can still be seen crowding the Metro Station instead of booths.
According to Mr. Mittal, it is the manual generation of pre-paid
slips that takes time resulting in auto- rickshaw drivers waiting for
a long time to get their passengers. He also said ''In the last three
days, we have computerized the system of slip generation. Also, there
were a few discrepancies in rates. They have been rationalized now.
In the coming months, the traffic at the booth is going to
increase.'' Auto- Rickshaw driver, Arun Kumar stationed at Huda City
Centre told The Indian Express ''There were over 10 policemen this
morning and they penalised many drivers. No wonder very few are
directly interacting with passengers today. But otherwise, what
happens is that we keep standing in line while an auto, stationed
elsewhere, ends up taking the passenger.''
daily number of slips could double if more men were placed at the
booth,” said the Traffic Police officers placed at the booths.
Presently, the average number of daily slips generated at the booth
does not exceed 200. ''We are just five people. And look at the sheer
number of auto-rickshaws around this place. They leave the booth and
pick up their own customers. The auto that depends on the booth
suffers,'' an officer said. ''Besides, if we challan them, they
thrust a Rs 100 note at us and challenge us to challan them. They
don’t care. We can’t even force them or they end up lodging a
complaint against us for harassment,'' the officers said.
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