Letter from Mona
It amazes me that we have grown as a country and have all the latest technologies, etc but when it comes to the Rickshawwallah’s how come they do not use the meter based system?
My parents are old and live in Belgaum by themselves. They do not have car or driver and are dependent on the public transportation system. They live in Jaddhav nagar. Neither is a Rickshaw stand close by nor do Rickshaws come frequently in their area so they have to walk to club road on the way they have to stop any passing rickshaw and ask them if he is willing to transport them. If he says yes, then they have to ask him how much he will charge as, inspite of having a meter based system they do not follow the system. They charge exhorbitantly. Mumbai is more expensive to live but with meter based system they charge Rs 20 for a distance of 2 or 3 kms but in Belgaum the same distance they charge 30 bucks or they will not take you. My parents have no choice as they have no energy to walk that much nor do they have to energy to argue so they have to cough up the money. This, when Belgaum is a cheaper place to live in than Mumbai?
My question is what is the RTO office doing? Are they blind to all this. Is there a nexus between the Rickshawwallah’s and them? Why do the Rickshawwallahs have to put a meter if they dont have to follow the rule.
Will allaboutbelgaum.com please address this grievance. I am sure there are many people like my parents who are old and living by themselves and others who plainly know that they will be paying more which hurts their pocket and have no choice but to walk miles.
Appreciate if anyone there can start a movement on this which will help the citizens of Belgaum on the whole.
AAB on 15 February 2010 had made a similar kind of post.
post made in August 2007.