Pimpri: Rickshaw drivers to charge according to meter reading; strict action if failed to do so

Pimpri : Rickshaw drivers will have to charge for the ride according to meter fare from Thursday (January 21) in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash started the initiative and stated that if rickshaw driver refuses to charge fare according to meter, strict action will be taken against them. Meanwhile, after the initiative started, Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash himself took traveled in a rickshaw and paid Rs 18 for the journey through the online payment app ‘Google Pay’.

Rickshaw association gave a positive response upon discussion with the police to start charging fares according to the meter reading. Citizens had also demanded that fares should be charged according to the meter. Additional Commissioner of Police Ramnath Pokale, Deputy Commissioner Sudhir Hiremath, Manchak Ipper, Sub-Regional Transport Officer Atul Aade, Assistant Commissioner Shrikant Disley, Dr. Sagar Kavade, Pimpri Senior Inspector Milind Waghmare, Chinchwad Senior Inspector Sudhakar Kate, Police Inspector (Crime) Vishwajit Khule, Transport Branch Inspector Rajendra Kunte, Maharashtra Rickshaw Panchayat President Baba Kamble were present during the initiative that started at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Chowk.

Commissioner of Police Krishna Prakash said, “In the last few days, the police have interacted with the Housing Society Federation and the citizens of the city. They have demanded that the city start rickshaw fares as per meter reading. The initiative has been launched accordingly. This is a historic decision for the city. Meanwhile, if a rickshaw puller refuses to drive a rickshaw according to the meter, citizens should lodge a complaint with the police. The police will take strict action accordingly”.

Sub-Regional Transport Officer Atul Aade said, “Citizens now have many options for passenger transport. Autorickshaw drivers have to survive in this competition. In that regard, changes need to be made in time. Further travel will be charged according to meter. RTO will provide all necessary assistance to the autorickshaw drivers in matters related to RTO”.

Baba Kamble said, “this initiative is important to solve the traffic problem in the city, but allowing meters has not solved the problems of rickshaw pullers. Currently, there is a shortage of rickshaw stands in the city. Since the rickshaws were halted during the lockdown, the installments of those who have taken loans have been exhausted. That is why finance company officials take away the autos”. Therefore, Baba Kamble also demanded help from the police in this regard.

Meanwhile, citizens can complain to the transport department’s helpline 9529681078 if the autorickshaw driver refuses to charge according to the meter. After that, action will be taken against the concerned rickshaw driver.

Meter fares are accordingly:

– 1 km: Rs 18

– 2 km: Rs 25

– 3 km: Rs 37.70

– 5 km: Rs 67

– 10 km: Rs 123

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