Monday, February 6, 2023

Jamshedpur Auto drivers hike fare following restrictions from administration


Jamshedpur: Following cracking down on overloading auto-rickshaw over restricted the number of passengers on an auto-rickshaw, the auto drivers have increased fare. The hike is between Rs 2 and Rs 4.

The administration had also asked all auto operators to update their vehicle papers, paste their registration number, name, driving license number and contact number prominently for passengers and put iron rod on left side. Earlier, the auto-rickshaw used to carry six passengers (excluding driver).

The fare between Sakchi and Baridih has risen from Rs 10 to Rs 12 while Sakchi – Bistupur witnessed an increase from Rs 8 to Rs 10.

On the flip side, passengers had to bear the brunt of the traffic cops drive with auto operators increasing fares at their whims without permission from the district administration. At almost all routes, auto drivers were found charging almost double the amount from passengers.

Manisha Pandey, an IT professional working at Voltas Building in Bistupur had a verbal tiff with an auto driver over fare issue.

“From Sakchi to Bistupur I used to pay Rs 8 today morning I was asked Rs 10 by the driver with a reason that since the administration has asked them to board only four passengers they were forced to hike the fare. When I asked the driver that if they have taken permission from administration for such steep hike, he flatly asked me to pay the amount or look for other auto. I had to pay the amount as I was getting late to reach office,” said Pandey.

Offiicials of Sikshit Berojgar Tempo Chalak Sangh feigned ignorance about hike in fare by auto drivers but admitted that there is no option either. “Have we raised the fare then? In fact, the fare has not been hiked since last one year. The auto operators were somehow managing their ends by allowing more passengers. But with this stipulation, there was no option left for driver. However, I am not aware of the fare hike. They should hike fare only in consultation with the district administration,” they noted.

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