More than 100 autorickshaw drivers have agreed to offer the service
HUBLI: People arriving at Hubli Railway Station intending to hire an auto rickshaw to reach their destination will not have to bargain with the autorickshaw drivers over auto fares anymore as a prepaid auto service has been launched at Hubli Railway Station.
A formal inauguration of the facility was held in Hubli on Friday. Divisional Railway Manager of Hubli Division of South Western Railway Rakesh Vatash inaugurated the facility. Commissioner of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation P. Manivannan, Police Commissioner Narayan Nadamani, Babajan Mudhol and Rajashekhar Menasinakai of the Autorickshaw Owners' Association were present.
The facility will be similar to that of Bangalore and Mysore, where the service has received good patronage. If the facility is well received by the commuters, then it is likely to be extended to the new and old bus stands of North Western Karnataka Road Transport Corporation.
The facility will be available round the clock and more than 100 autorickshaw drivers have accepted to offer the service. Bharat Enterprises will manage the booth meant for issuing the tickets to the commuters.
Under the new facility, the commuters have to pay a fee of Rs. 1 at the prepaid auto service counter with details of their destination. The commuter will be given a bill specifying the fare. The minimum auto fare is Rs. 12 and after for each km after that they have to pay Rs. 6. Luggage of up to 20 kg is allowed. Already nearly 450 locations in Hubli have been identified for the service. In case there is a problem with the service, the passengers can contact the number given in the bill and register a complaint.