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Updated: December 27, 2013 11:18 IST
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Chennai watchman’s life moves in new direction

Vasudha Venugopal
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In the 80s, Loganathan had turned his back on the autorickshaw as it became difficult to make a living. Photo: R. Ragu
The Hindu In the 80s, Loganathan had turned his back on the autorickshaw as it became difficult to make a living. Photo: R. Ragu

At a time when autorickshaw drivers are sceptical about plying with meters, a city watchman has decided to get behind the wheel of an autorickshaw.

Three weeks ago, R. Loganathan bought a second-hand autorickshaw and is a happy man today.

“It is a good time for those who want to earn a living in a honest way. The meter is here to stay. It will bring us more passengers,” says the 62-year-old who likes to be called Baba. “I am a fan of Sai Baba and Rajinikanth,” he says.

Before becoming a watchman, Loganathan was an autorickshaw driver for a few years in the 80s. “But it became difficult to sustain a living as the number of autorickshaws kept increasing and daily earnings became uncertain. I could not pay back the loan on my autorickshaw,” he says.

He sold off the vehicle and took up a job as a night watchman in a residential area. A few months back, Loganathan quit after doctors advised him against working in the night.

“My children then bought me this auto. I drive around for just six hours a day and am able to make at least Rs. 500, excluding fuel charges, every day. I am sure, with the meter on, I will be able to earn a decent living and pay the monthly dues of Rs. 5,000,” he says.

With the new meter and rate card, Loganathan says he does not find it difficult to get customers. But the State government must take some measures to ensure drivers are not harassed unnecessarily, he says.

“The government should crack down on those who own multiple autos and rent them out to poor drivers like me. Many of us are being forced to pay as much as Rs. 6,000 to get the vehicles transferred in our names,” says the resident of Nettukuppam.

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“The government should crack down on those who own multiple autos and rent them out to poor drivers like me. Many of us are being forced to pay as much as Rs. 6,000 to get the vehicles transferred in our names,” says the resident of Nettukuppam.
If you do not want to rent it, then why don't you buy it? And if you have 3-4 autos, what would you do with them? You cannot drive them by yourself. Obviously, you will rent it out to someone who cannot afford to buy one for the time being.

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