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'Streamline autorickshaw services in Coonoor'

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Citizen's Forum plea to Collector

Udhagamandalam: The need to streamline autorickshaw services in Coonoor has been stressed by the Coonoor Citizens Forum.

Alleging that tourists and the local people were being fleeced by many of the autorickshaw drivers, since the vehicles were not equipped with meters, the secretary of the Forum, M.P.G. Nambisan, has in a letter to the Collector of the Nilgiris pointed out that complaints were mounting.

He appealed to the Collector to instruct the officials concerned to ensure that the people were not taken for a ride by the drivers.

Autorickshaws without permits should not be allowed to ply and drivers should display photo identity cards. A fare list should be drawn up after organising a meeting of autorickshaw owners, drivers, police, revenue officials and representatives of recognised service organisations.

He said that the fares to popular tourist spots such as Sim's Park should be reasonable. Stringent action should be taken against those who drove in a reckless manner or caused inconvenience to other motorists and pedestrians by parking in unauthorised places.

Adverting to the parking rules introduced recently, he said that they should be re-examined since alternatives provided for places declared as no parking areas were not able to cope with the demand.

Traders in the Municipal market and along Mount road have been badly affected because of the restrictions imposed on parking vehicles near the shopping areas.

Closure of bridge

Referring to the inconvenience caused to the public by the prolonged closure of the 'Black Bridge' which connected the Coonoor highway with the Wellington Barracks and Coonoor, he hoped that the authorities concerned would commence repair works without delay and reopen it as early as possible.

He pointed out that the bridge had for long served not only the local people but also thousands of visitors since it led to many tourist spots.

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