Kangra, Jun 4 UNI | 2 months ago

The residents, pilgrims and tourists visiting this temple town have shown their resentment against the alleged illegal and arbitrary hike in the auto fares from Rs.5 to 10 per passenger from General Bus Stand to Tehsil Chowk in the town without any sanction from the Transport authorities.

Local residents today lodged a protest against the arbitrary hike in auto fare and sought intervention of the local authorities over the issue. The auto Rickshaw Union decided to double the fare from Rs.5 to 10 for a little distance of not more than one kilometer from General Bus stand to Tehsil chowk, the gate way to Bajjreshwari temple, and the decision was implemented from June 1, without any check from the authorities.

The auto rickshaw union sources said they had been carrying 8 to 10 passengers in the auto Rickshaw and were charging Rs. 5 but the local authorities challaned them for over loading so for them there was no option but to enhance the passenger fare. The sources said they have communicated their resolution to Regional Transport Officer (RTO) at Dharamshala but without any reply from his side. Regional Transport Officer was not available in his office today for comments. Sub Divisional Magistrate Kangra Ajeet Bhardwaj said that he was communicated about the fare hike by auto rickshaws and had taken up matter with RTO.

The SDM said he had called the auto rickshaw union office bearers to his office tomorrow to sort out the issue. He said that meanwhile a ' Mudrika bus service' would be initiated between General Bus stand and DRPGMC Tanda to help the tourists, pilgrims and patients in reaching their destinations on normal bus fare.

(Posted on 05-06-2014)