Apr 10, 2015

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Prepaid taxis sought at Udupi rly. station

There has been a persistent demand for a prepaid taxi system at the Udupi railway station for the last three years due to complaints of lack of regulations and overcharging by private taxis.

The Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha has been consistently seeking a prepaid taxi system on the lines of the prepaid autorickshaw system at the station. A prepaid autorickshaw system was started at the station a few years ago due to the efforts of the Sangha.

Sometimes there are quarrels between the prepaid autorickshaw operators and the taxi drivers for customers at the railway station. R.L. Dias, president of Udupi Railway Yatri Sangha, told the The Hinduthat lack of regulation was responsible for taxi drivers overcharging the passengers at the railway station.

“The passengers have to pay what the taxi drivers demand. Since there are no fixed fares, it is easier for taxi drivers to compete with prepaid autorickshaws,” he said.

“We have been demanding prepaid taxis for last three years at all Regional Transport Authority (RTA) meetings, but this matter has been put on the backburner. When we drew the attention of the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd (KRCL) on this matter, they told us to take it up with district authorities,” Mr. Dias said.

Narasimha Murthy, vice-president of Autorickshaw Owners and Operators Association, said that it would be better if the district administration started the prepaid taxi system, especially when the prepaid autorickshaw system was operating smoothly.

“Sometimes taxi drivers take away our customers offering lower fares. While an autorickshaw can take a maximum of three passengers, the taxis could take up eight to ten persons. It works out for them when they take more passengers for short distances,” he said.

But the president of District Taximen’s Association Raghupati Bhat said that the autorickshaw drivers had been taking passengers to distant places such as Karkala at nights.

“We are all for prepaid taxi system. But the authorities have not taken any initiative in this regard,” he said.

However, Arun Kumar Singh, Regional Transport Officer, said that KRCL wanted metered taxis at the railway station. But the private taxis in the city were contract carriages and not metered. Hence, the charges were decided by the taxi drivers and the passengers in consultation with each other. “We will see how we can resolve this issue,” he said.

Faridabad Metro line set to become operational soon

The travelling woes of thousands of daily commuters between Faridabad and the Capital is likely to lessen over the next couple of months as the Delhi Metro is all set to chug into the fourth satellite town after spreading its wings to Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad.

Trial runs on the Badarpur – YMCA Chowk Metro corridor is likely to begin later this month as construction work for the 13.875 km long elevated corridor has been completed, officials said. The finishing contractors are currently working on giving final touches to the nine stations on the section apart from the Ajronda depot.

Call for action on light metro project

The government should act at once to ensure that Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode do not lose the proposed light metro transportation system, Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] district secretary Kadakampally Surendran has said.

In a press note issued here, Mr. Surendran said the light metro scheme was a typical example of the United Democratic Front government’s approach to pro-people projects. The statement by the head of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) E. Sreedharan that the light metro offices in the capital city and in Kozhikode would be closed down if things continued like this had to be taken very seriously, he said.

The Chief Minister had announced the light metro project months ago. Even though it was more than six months since Mr. Sreedharan gave a detailed project report, the government had not studied it.

The State budget had not earmarked funds for the light metro scheme.

There had been no move so far by the government to enter into a contract with the DMRC. Things had come to such a pass that the State could even lose Central funding for the light metro project.

The scheme was in real danger of being jettisoned, the press note said.

In a press note issued here on Thursday, the Federation of Residents’ Associations (FRAT) urged the government not to “switch off the light” on the scheme. If indeed funds were the problem, the government should choose the CIAL model for the same.

PPP model mooted

A public-private partnership model could also be thought of to gain Central assistance for the light metro, the press note said.

Special train to Rameshwaram from YPR

South Western Railway is operating eight trips of Yeshwantpur-Rameshwaram Yeshwantpur Weekly Express Special (Nos. 0654506546) in each direction, in April and May to clear rush during summer. Train No 06545 will leave Yeshwantpur at 8.30am on Sundays, beginning May 12 and reach Rameshwaram the same night. On the return direction, Train No 06546 will leave Rameshwaram at 9.15am on Mondays, beginning April 30. The train will reach Yeshwantpur at 11.30 the same night.
Source - TOI

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