Share an auto at Bandra, Santa CruzÂ stations from today
The daily arguments with auto drivers who refuse to ply short distances may come to an end in certain parts of the city with four shuttle services starting outside Bandra (E) and Santa Cruz (E) stations on Thursday morning.While three will be launched in Bandra,one will be in Santa Cruz that will ferry passengers to Air India Colony.
Next week,19 more shuttle services will be introduced outside stations between Vile Parle and Dahisar and the RTO has also given the nod for 21 routes between Kurla and Mulund/Mankhurd in the eastern suburbs.The services on the eastern services will begin in phases from September 21.
TOI had first reported on the RTOs plan to introduce auto shuttles outside every station in the western and eastern suburbs.The shuttle services,under which several people can share an auto for a fixed and short route,will not only reduce cases of refusals to ply,but will also provide a cheaper mode of transport.
State transport minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil,who will inaugurate the system in Bandra,said,The share-anauto service will assure passengers of a cheap travel.Complaints about drivers charging more would also go down, he said.The auto stands will be monitored by both RTO and the traffic police who will ensure that drivers comply with Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rules.
Thursdays function will be attended by state minorities minister Arif Naseem Khan,minister of state Gulabrao Deokar and two local MLAs.Sources said the organisers have also invited MP Priya Dutt.
State transport commissioner Dilip Jadhav is glad that sharing auto services are starting in the suburbs.We hope that it will bring down cases of refusals to ply, he said.
Regional Transport Officer (eastern suburbs) Vikas Pandkar confirmed that 21 new routes were approved for eastern suburbs,including from outside Kurla,Chembur,Vidyavihar,Ghatkopar,Vikhroli,Bhandup and Mulund stations.We will start it in Kurla on September 21, he said.
Pandkar added,We are also ensuring that those visiting Ganesh pandals are not inconvenienced by errant drivers.At the Sahyadri Krida Mandal in Tilak Nagar,a special RTO assistance booth has been set up for the first time.
Bandra station (E) to New English School *( 1.20): ** 6
Bandra station (E) to Government Colony/collector office (1.10): 5.50
Bandra station (E) to G N colony (1.10 on meter): 5.50
Santa Cruz station (E) to Air India staff quarters (1.90): Rs 10
Vile Parle station (W) to Juhu beach (1.70): 9
Andheri station (W) to Four Bungalows (1.50): 7.50
Andheri station (W) to Lokhandwala Complex (2.10): 11
Andheri station (E) to J B Nagar (1.50): 7.50
Andheri station (E) to Sahar Cargo (2.40): 13
Andheri station (E) to SEEPZ (2.30): 12.50
Jogeshwari station (W) to Adarsh Nagar (1.70): 9
Goregaon station (W) to Bangur Nagar (1.50): 7.50
Goregaon station (E) to Gokuldham (2.10): 11
Malad station (E) to Pathanwadi (1.40): 7
Malad station (W) to Mitth Chowkie (1.40): 7
Kandivli station (W) to Charkop (1.50): 7.50
Kandivli station (W) to Mahavir Nagar (1.40): 7
Kandivli station (E) to Mahindra Company Gate (1.30): 6.50
Borivli station (W) to LIC Colony (1.30): 6.50
Borivli station (W) to Sai Baba Nagar (1.30): 6.50
Borivli station (W) to Yogi Nagar/Eksar village (1.30): 6.50
Borivli station (W) to IC colony BEST stop number 240 (1.60): 8.50
Dahisar station (E) to check naka (1.30): 6.50
Source : Times of India