Steps to check arbitrary fare hike by auto drivers around Behala

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department is going to hold a meeting next week to bring an end to the menace of arbitrary fare hike by auto-rickshaw drivers in and around Behala after the caving-in of the Majerhat bridge.Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said: “The matter has come to our notice and necessary steps would be taken up in this connection. It is true that some auto-rickshaws are charging arbitrary fare whenever they get the opportunity in Taratala and Behala area.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said that there will be a meeting in this connection next week after Viswakarma Puja. People’s representatives from the area, officers of the Kolkata Police, personnel from the depot at Thakurpukur and Taratala will be present in the meeting. “The matter will be sorted out soon as it has been done for the Ultadanga to Sector V route. There are no more complaints in connection with the Ultadanga to Sector V route. Similarly, the issue at Behala and Thakurpukur will also be resolved,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAdhikari further added that similar to the “Pathadisha” app that helps to check real-time movement of buses, an app to check the same for vessels that operate through inland waterways will also be introduced. While speaking about the surge fare in app-based cabs, the minister added: “As of now the role of Ola in this connection is satisfactory contradictory to that of Uber. Ola is complying with the advisory of the state Transport department and our officials went to the Ola centre and found that they are maintaining the advisory. But Uber is delaying the process and has not taken out officials to its centre. So I have said that the role of Ola is satisfactory while it is not so in the case of Uber in terms of surge fare.” Moreover, in the programme that was held on Thursday, around 50 cars were handed over to driver partners as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the West Bengal Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (WBTIDCL) and Ola in the Bengal Global Business Summit 2018 to create 5,000 employment opportunities.last_img

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