Belgaum city is now on the verge of a new identity. Dividers (where they were not there), bigger ones where they existed, new roads, some widening of roads at circles and roads like Khanapur road from Sanchayani circle to Gogte circle. Illegal khokas removed from most parts of the city. The walls being painted with scenic beauty.
The accommodation committee estimates that about 15000 people would need accommodation during the 3 days of the mega event and about 45000 to 50000 people are estimated to visit Belgaum from various places during the event days to Belgaum.
But the question arising now is all these 50000 odd people coming to the city will need to use the Autos and the Autos of Belgaum are famous for not going according to meters. In the past various attempts have been made so that autos run on meters but those were not successful.
Now citing this huge inflow of people and the vents being held at different locations, will the administration also look into this and see that the Autos are run on meters and not the way the Auto drivers feel.
Each time one wants to use and auto the first question each commuter asks before sitting is “Kitna Lega”. As once you travel and reach your destination you could be shocked. Now the minimum fare charged is Rs.20 by default. But actually how much is it, no one knows.
The district administration is cleaning up the city and if the Auto drivers are belled this time all the visitors to the city will be happy. Most visitors would be from Bangalore etc and they are used to paying fares by Meters but when they land in here they will surely face a shock.
So is the administration ready to “bell the Auto walas” so that the fare decided by the authorities which is fair is charged. Keep fingers crossed.