Auto ride gets dearer; fare hike to be implemented soon

Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta, who is also the chairman of Road Safety Committee, told Deccan Herald that it has been decided to hike the fare but formal orders will be issued to Regional Transport Office in a day or two.

The members of Mysore Autorickshaw Drivers and Owners Association putforth demand to hike the minimum fare to Rs 15 from the current Rs 14 for first 1.7 km and Rs 9 for per km subsequently. Only oral orders were issued on Thursday and official communication may be issued on August 23.

As soon as the meeting convened by RTA started, the association members vociferously demanded a hike in fare more than the fare being implemented in Bangalore City. They claimed that the cost of spare parts in Mysore was much higher than the State’s capital and the cost of living in Mysore is also on par with Bangalore. However, the DC dismissed their claim and ruled out fixing the fare more than Bangalore at any cost.

Although, the members pressurised the DC to announce the hike at the meeting itself, the latter firmly said ‘no’ on the ground that the orders have to be signed by three officials of separate departments.

Office-bearers of Private Bus Operators Association wanted the DC to restrict the movement of KSRTC buses on T Narasipur Road as it would cause loss to them.
They requested him to direct the KSRTC authorities to allow only a few buses on this route to pick up and drop students. The DC did not commit to anything and said a decision would be taken only after discussing the matter with the authorities concerned.
The DC lost temper when some persons took strong objection for arriving nearly two hours behind schedule for the meeting.

The meeting, which was supposed to start at 2:30 pm, started at 4:30 pm and it reportedly irked office-bearers of some associations. One of them handed over a bouquet to the DC and reportedly told that they decided to wait for him since it was his first meeting in RTA or otherwise they would have boycotted the meeting.

At this juncture, the DC, according to officials, lost temper and told them that he was not taking rest in his bungalow to arrive late for the meeting. He had public grievances meeting till 2:30 pm after which he had to meet some persons. “You are free to boycott and need not come for the meeting”.

Taken aback with the DC’s reply, the members became cool and attended the meeting.

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