The civic authorities earlier announced that no unauthorised stands will be permitted in the city once the authorised ones are notified.

The location of autorickshaw stands in the city will be finalised next week after a verification of the proposed spots by the city police.

The decision was taken at a joint meeting of transport, police and trade union representatives convened by Kochi Mayor Tony Chammany on Tuesday. The trade union representatives submitted a list of auto stands to the authorities at the meeting. The transport authorities had also drawn up a list.

A final decision will be taken, after assessing the viability of the spots proposed, at a meeting scheduled to be held on July 30, civic authorities said.

The civic authorities earlier announced that no unauthorised stands will be permitted in the city once the authorised ones are notified.

Identity cards

The transport authorities also recommended that no stands should be sanctioned on roads with a width of less than seven metres and on major roads.

It was also proposed that the existing auto stands on M.G. Road, Banerjee Road, Park Avenue Road, Edappally Market Road, Ernakulam Medical Centre, Palarivattom Bypass junction and Azad Road would have to be cancelled.

The list of 165 stands prepared by transport officials was circulated among the trade union leaders to elicit their views.

The police have promised to provide identity cards to the auto drivers after checking their background.

Such a measure has been proposed to prevent people with a criminal background from operating vehicles.

T.J. Thomas, Regional Transport Officer; T. Gopalakrishna Pillai, Baby Vinod, Muhammad Rafeeq, city police officials and trade union representatives attended the meeting.

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