Chennai, Aug 25 (): Auto fares have been fixed for Rs. 25 as a minimum and those plying in the metro will have a GPS facility that gives a receipt. It will have a panic button that can be used by the passenger in case of danger. This will alert the control room to trace out the vehicle. This is the first of its kind initiative from the Tamil Nadu Government. Six years back the auto fares were revised.
The Chief Minister Jayalalitha said that the government was going in for revision in fares after a gap of six years for the three-wheelers, one of the popular modes of transport. After a gap of six years, in an official statement, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa said that at the cost of Rs 80 crore the Government will equip autos in Chennai with GPS enabled Electronic Digital Printer, which will give passengers the receipt for the right amount.
The first-of-its-kind initiative will also help police in keeping a tab on the movement of the autos, she said. In case of passengers travelling in an auto are facing any kind of danger, the meter will have a Panic Button which can be pressed and this will alert the police in the control room who in turn will take action, Jayalalithaa added.
Rs 25 for the first 1.8 km and Rs 12 for every km the new fares and will come into effect from today. Night charges from 11PM to 5AM is 50% extra and waiting charge is Rs 42 per hour. Transport Minister Balaji and Finance Minister Paneerselvam took part in the meeting chaired by the CM. Till October 15 the auto meter is given time to be reset. The rates will be notified in the media and violation will invite driving license cancellation and permit of autos will be revoked. Unions representing drivers and consumer activists were consulted and fares were fixed on the basis of spare parts, fuel price and wages for drivers. 71,000 autos are operating in Chennai. Tamil Nadu has 2.14 lakh autos.