SRINAGAR: The government is going to make use of fare meters mandatory for the auto-rickshaws in the summer capital of the state.
The deputy commissioner, Srinagar, convened a meeting of the police and traffic authorities to discuss the issues regarding the use of fare meters, an official spokesman said.
The meeting decided to make it mandatory for all auto-rickshaws plying in the city to use meters and charge the passengers accordingly.
“It was also decided that directions will be passed by RTO Kashmir to all auto-rickshaw owners to install digital meters in place of the analogue ones within three months. No fitness renewals shall be granted by RTO unless the digital meters are installed,” an official spokesman said.
The dealers would be directed not to sell any auto-rickshaw without Letter of Authority from the Competent Authority, he said.
“Any violation of the directions shall be dealt under law,” the spokesman said.
The meeting also decided that Women Special buses shall be regularly monitored by senior superintended of police, traffic, regional transport officer, Kashmir, and general manager of the JK State Road Transport Corporation.
The meeting decided to ensure reservation of seats for women in buses.
Meanwhile, the traffic police said it has launched a special drive against the auto-rickshaw drivers operating without fare meters.
The drive was launched on April 16, and till date 502 violators were booked, it said, adding that a fine of Rs 55,000 was recovered from them. Besides, 50 auto-rickshaws were seized on Wednesday.