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Pre-paid auto-rickshaw counter launched in Mangaluru Junction

Mangaluru: Putting an end to a long-pending demand of passengers, a pre-paid auto rickshaw facility (counter) was launched at Mangaluru Junction Railway Station on Wednesday.

Bhupati Raj, Area Manager, Palakkad Division of Southern Railway, launched the facility managed by Willy’s Auto Park, Balmatta.

According to a railway official, Corporation Bank has sponsored the counter, while the railways have provided the electricity connection to the counter which would function day and night.

However, a representative of the park, Vinod, told that electricity connection had not been provided to the counter till Wednesday evening.

He said that without power connection it would be difficult to manage the counter during the night.

A railway official said that it would be provided before Thursday.

Passengers would have to pay Re. 1 as service charge at the counter in addition to the fare fixed to different destinations by the Regional Transport Authority and Regional Transport Office. The minimum fare fixed is Rs. 23 for 1.5 km.

Service charge

Regarding an issue pertaining to the agency managing the counter sharing half of the service charge with the railways, the official said that it has not been settled yet.

For the time being, probably the railways might not ask for it from the agency managing the counter. Service charge was not being collected at Mangaluru Central Railway Station.

Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP and Ivan D’Souza, MLC, have promised to take it up with the railways and resolve it.

G. Hanumantha Kamath, president, Nagarika Hitarakshana Samithi, Mangaluru said that police would have to monitor the functioning of the counter. Complaints of passengers regarding collection of excess fare after reaching the destination, if any, should be addressed. There should be dedicated number to enable passengers to complaint, he said. Attempts to open a pre-paid auto rickshaw counter at Mangaluru Junction were in limbo for various reasons.
  • Published in Mangaluru

Lesson in schools, remedial classes proposed at ‘Road Safety Week’

Mangaluru: A.B. Ibrahim, chairman, Dakshina Kannada Regional Transport Authority proposed to include lessons on traffic discipline in the school curriculum and to impose remedial classes as punishment for violators of traffic rules.

Speaking at the inauguration of 26th National Road Safety Week here on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim said that the sense of traffic discipline is less in India in comparison to other countries. Hence, lessons on traffic rules should be taught to the students in school. Besides, mere imposition of fine would not be sufficient. Driving License should be restored only after the offender undergoes the remedial class, he added.

Mangaluru South MLA J R Lobo said that leniency in punishment for traffic violators was one of the primary reasons for the increase in road mishaps. He also said that lack of painting and reflectors on the humps further added to the woes. He advised that concerned officials from the district administration, police and technical engineers should come together and discuss the technicalities and ensure the effective implementation of the plans which could reduce accidents.

Mangaluru City Police Commissioner S Murugan said that most number of deaths in India occur due to accidents and not diseases. “Traffic sense in western countries was far more than Indians. Road safety should be imbibed as part of life”, he said.

The Road Safety Week will go on till January 28 under the joint aegis of the district Transport and Police Department. Superintendent of police Sharanappa, RTO Afzal Ahamed Khan, Rajavarma Ballal were others present.
  • Published in Mangaluru

An accident near Surathkal, victim’s leg broken.

Surathkal: A person broke his leg in an accident that happened opposite to  Mooda market today.

The person was on his Activa, which smashed into a tanker and broke his leg and then taken to the hospital for treatment.

R.T.O officials and department of police has been into action for further procedures.

  • Published in Surathkal
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