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Consumer body appeals to Collector

Passengers must be dropped inside railway junction

Women constables must be posted in key routes

TIRUCHI: The Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, has appealed to the Collector to take steps to operate more buses during peak hours in the Thillai Nagar/Woraiyur-Railway Junction routes to prevent overcrowding.

In a resolution, adopted at its executive committee meeting here recently, the Council also appealed to the Collector — in his capacity as Regional Transport Authority — to ensure that the buses dropped passengers inside the junction. At present, many buses did not enter the junction and passengers were forced to alight near the traffic island outside the station, it said.

Temporary permits

The Council requested the Collector to issue temporary permits to vans (at Rs.5 per seat) and share autos to operate from Puthur Four Roads junction or the government hospital to all Vaylaur Road colonies that were affected by the cancellation of buses due to closure of the road.

It requested the transport authorities to ensure that only women were allowed to sit on seats meant for them in government and private buses.

A woman constable could be posted in key routes during peak hours to check the harassment of women passengers.

Fee refund

The Council also requested the Higher Education Department to modify a government order issued in 1981, providing for refund of tuition fees to students quitting arts and science colleges for professional courses.

The order should be extended to cover self-financing arts and science colleges and self-financing professional colleges also.

Council president R. Natarajan and secretary S. Pushpavanam participated in the meeting.