This was anticipated and as the deadline of 15 July nears we will see more memorandums being given to the DC with regards to the postponement of the compulsion of meters.
The Jay Karnataka Sangha(JKS) opposed the implementation of meters on passenger autos and requesting to postpone the implementation of this. The sangha gave a memorandum to the DC. The memorandum said that, minivans, tempos and private buses and carrying city passengers and because of that local passengers which is causing a loss to the Autos and police are imposing fines on Autos without meters. Even after this if the authorities dont stop this implementation then they would intensify their protest.
According to the Auto association about 6000 autos are on the roads of Belgaum(no exact figure is available nor the RTO is releasing exact data with it. Also it is seen that many new autos are plying on the roads without permit and also a Temporary registration.
The district authorities this time have atleast gone forward upto declaring a tariff to which the auto associations have not agreed to. Protests such as the one mentioned above would increase by the day and the same old problems like bad roads, hike in gas prices, tempos and mini vans etc would be put forth and at the last the political intervention could hamper this implementation for which each Belgaumite has been dreaming since ages.
We also believe that the RTO release the following data so that people of Belgaum actually know how many autos are on the roads. How many permits have been issued? Hoe many renewals have been made? Also the authorities should make it compulsory for the drivers’ information to be published on back of the Drivers seat as is done in Bangalore. People want to call Belgaum the second capital but implementation of basic information which is done in the Bangalore must be followed.
Hope this time we citizens who have this right to pay the auto fare by meter is implemented, but the past history is not so optimistic.
So currently if this is implemented the prices would be as follows:
First 2 kms – Rs. 20 Minimum fare
Above 2 Kms – Rs. 9 per km.
Auto Fares else where:
Bangalore: Minimum fare: Rs.20 for 1.8 Kms and Rs.11/km after that
Mumbai: Minimum fare: Rs.15 for 1.5 Kms and Rs.10/km after that
Pune: Minimum fare: Rs.11 for 1 Km and Rs.10/km after that
Mysore: Minimum fare: Rs.20 for 2 Kms and Rs.10/km after that