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The last revision was in 2004

Vehicle maintenance costs have gone upParking facility for autorickshaws sought

MANGALORE: The Mangalore City Autorickshaw Drivers Association has demanded a revision of autorickshaw fares in the wake of the recent increase in the price of petrol.

Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Ivan D'Souza, president of the association, said the Regional Transport Authority was yet to take action on a request for an increase in fares.

He added that the last revision was in 2004, when petrol price was eight times less than it was now.

20 p.c. increase

It had become difficult for drivers as vehicle maintenance costs had gone up. Mr. D'Souza said the association was seeking a 20 per cent increase in the fares calculated keeping in mind the interests of commuters.

He pointed out that there were 5,600 autorickshaws in the city area and only 450 of them had official parking slots. As many as 5,150 of them did not have parking facility. He said the authorities concerned should provide parking facility for 250 autorickshaws. Until this happened, the police should not book autorickshaw drivers, he said.

Mr. D'Souza urged the district administration to set up compress natural gas (CNG) dispensing stations in Mangalore.

He said though the Government had identified four places for CNG terminals, it was yet to begin construction.

He said CNG brought down the running cost of autorickshaws and was also environmental friendly.

Mr. D'Souza said if fares were not revised soon, the association would launch an agitation.