SRINAGAR: The government has finally decided to press auto-rickshaw drivers to install electronic meters and charge commuters accordingly from next week.
“The state government has finally decided to revamp transport services in the Valley and we are hopeful that we will streamline the autorickshaw services, wherein they will have to use meters,” Minister for Transport, Chowdary Mohammad Ramzan told Kashmir Reader.
Rickshaw drivers charge customers arbitrarily in absence of meters.
According to the data of Motor vehicle Department, there are 17069 three-wheelers (auto-rickshaws) running in the Valley, most of them without meters.
Around 1550 autos are running in Srinagar alone.
Chowdary also acknowledged that they have been slow on pressing the installation of the meters. “We have put in place a fare structure to be followed by these auto divers,” he said.
He said that we will be considering all the aspects before going on to revamp the whole transport system.
“I will be holding discussion with the transport officials and we are hopeful that within week’s time the changes we have thought will be visible on ground,” the minister said.
He said that the state run J&K Sate Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) services too would be revamped wherein they have proposals to add new fleet so that they can infuse more life in the corporation.
“Presently, SRTC has a fleet of 500 vehicles and some of them has become old, so we have moved proposal to the Planning Department for up gradation of fleet,” he said.
He said that last year the Corporation last year earned revenue of Rs 98 crore and they are also working to see that the corporation’s revenues boost in future.