Staff Correspondent

District administration proposes Rs. 12 as minimum tariff

  • Autorickshaw union demands Rs. 15 as minimum tariff
  • City autorickshaws will get separate numbers

    Udupi: Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj said on Thursday that efforts were on to make meters compulsory for autorickshaws in Udupi city.

    Addressing presspersons here, he said that the district administration had held three consultative committee meetings on the issue. Representatives of the autorickshaw union and the consumers' forum were present at the meeting. It had been decided to install meters for all autorickshaws in Udupi city. But the hitch was on the issue of fixing minimum tariff for the first 1.5 kilometres and the tariff for every kilometre thereafter, Mr. Ponnuraj said. To resolve this issue a committee comprising the representatives of the autorickshaw union, consumers' forum, and Department of Weights and Measures, had been formed. But divergent views had emerged on the issue, he said.

    The union was demanding a minimum tariff of Rs. 15 for the first 1.5 kilometres and Rs. 8 for every kilometre thereafter. The district administration had suggested that the minimum fare should be Rs. 12 for the first 1.5 kilometres and Rs. seven for every kilometre thereafter, Mr. Ponnuraj said. The union had said that it would give its final response on Saturday. The district administration was ready for minor changes in the tariffs proposed by it, he said. Should that materialise, the new tariffs would be effective from March 1. But if the union was adamant on its demand, the district administration would seek the opinion of general public and act accordingly, he said.

    Superintendent of Police A.S. Rao said that since many autorickshaws from surrounding villages were plying in Udupi, it had been decided to give separate numbers to the autorickshaws from the city. The city autorickshaws would also display a separate label for easy identification, he said.