Pune: Despite the Pune traffic police taking action against auto-rickshaw drivers for charging excess money and fleecing techies at Magarpatta City, the techies are still complaining of the same.
Thousand of techies, working in the IT and BPO firms at the Magarpatta City, are left with no option but to pay excess money for a ride. An IT professional, Gayatri Mishra said, "There is no way that the situation is going to change unless the traffic police department take strict measures. Things have not changed as we are still forced to pay Rs40 for sharing an auto-rickshaw.”
Similar were the words of Rashmi Mavale, another IT professional.
“The situation has still not changed. Unless there is other mode of transport, things are going to remain the same as the auto-rickshaw driver are still charging Rs50 to drop at the corner of Magarpatta City junction,” she said.
The city traffic police department, on the other hand, claimed that they have booked more than 30 auto-rickshaw drivers who had parked their vehicle illegally in the ‘No parking area’ under Magarpatta City flyover.
The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO), cannot make an auto-rickshaw stand under the Magarpatta flyover as it has been marked as a ‘No-parking Zone’. Yet more than 20 auto-rickshaws are parked illegally everyday.
Senior police inspector Tukaram Surve said, “In order to decongest the junction, we have made the ‘No -parking. In the past two days, we have taken action against 30 auto-rickshaw drivers."
He added, "Moreover, we will be sending our men posing as customers to nab errant drivers and take strict action.”
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Vishwas Pandhare said, “We are taking action against the errant drivers.But unless there is an active public participation the issue will remain the same. Commuters, who are facing the issue of auto-rickshaw drivers’ charging excess money, or refusing to take them to their destination, can walk up to the Hadapsar traffic police and lodge a complaint.”
Raise your voice
Next time if auto rickshaw driver refuse to ply, or charge excess money then you should note down the auto rickshaw registration number, time, date and location and send sms, call the helpline number or drop an email.
Call 1800-233-0012 and register a complaint
8888004455 (sms only)