Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Sunday set up a five-member committee to regulate autorickshaws in the city and suburbs and imposed a ban on the purchase of new autorickshaws till further order.
After a meeting with various trade unions representing auto operators, transport minister Madan Mitra said that the committee was free to take opinion from experts, but it must submit its report to the state government within three days.
The five-member committee, however, would be joined by two more representatives - one from the Kolkata Police and the other from Salt Lake Police Commisionerate, he said.
Announcing a ban on the purchase of new autorickshaws till further order, the minister said that the government would act tough if any dealer tried to sale autorickshaws violating government decision.
Mitra, however, ruled out hike in the existing fares and restricted the number of passengers at four. He also asked the unions not to resort to strikes without consulting the government.