Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan on Sunday said that electronic meters will be installed in
auto rickshaws in Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane in a
"The auto unions have also given nod for this," Chavan
told reporters after meeting union leaders this morning.
Auto-rickshaw drivers in the city had protested a recent
drive to inspect metres, and gone on a strike, seeking fare
The issue acquired political tones as MNS and Shiv Sena
sided with passengers. There were some incidents of attacks on
Chavan also said that a decision on the implementation of
50-paise hike in auto fares in Mumbai will be taken by a
committee, specifically appointed for the purpose.
The Chief Minister, who holds the transport portfolio
too, said 48,000 permits in the state (28,000 in Mumbai),
which have expired, will be renewed.
He rejected the demand for fare hike every year, and said
they would be reviewed every two years.
Chavan also made it clear that conditions for getting
auto-driver permits, including 15-year domicile and minimum
education upto standard eighth, had not been relaxed.