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Taking for Ride....

Chennai and Auto rides never go well together.The sight of Auto in the city has become a nightmare for many of us. Everyone in the city would definitely have had an argument with auto drivers in the city towards the fare that needs to be agreed for the destination. The fares are always not in relation to the distance, but based on the person. If you are an office goer or old the fare is always higher. No consistency exist in the fares demanded by the Auto drivers and auto meters are a big taboo to the drivers

It has been more than a decade since the meters functioned in the city autos and it is always going by the best judgement which the driver makes about the fare. The scene before this scenario was slightly better where the meters were functioning , but were rigged in most of the autos. The heart beat of the passenger would increase every time he boards the auto with a rigged meter which had been clearly manipulated to show exorbitant fare. This "Soodu" meter as it is called, was often the cause of arguments between the drivers and passengers and in some cases ending in physical assault as well.  Thank god the Soodu meters are not there now.

Today, the government has revisited the auto fares and they have come up with a fare structure which have been mutually agreed between the government and auto unions. Moving with the technology and based on pilot done by few private auto agency, a new GPS enabled meter will be issued by the government, free of cost, costing the goverment exchequer a whopping 80 crores. 

All said and done will this open up a new era in auto transportation in the city.Only time can answer it....



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