Auto fare hike, RTO's plight and the Thackeray-Anna tiff

This is going to hit the middle-class. It was bad enough having to deal with the tampered autorickshaw meters, now we might be faced with an increase – legitimate – in auto, taxi and bus fares.

Anant Rangaswami October 08, 2011 09:18:35 IST
Auto fare hike, RTO's plight and the Thackeray-Anna tiff

This is going to hit the middle-class. It was bad enough having to deal with the tampered autorickshaw meters, now we might be faced with an increase – legitimate – in auto, taxi and bus fares, reports Times of India.

But all is not bad, with BEST proposing circular, limited fare bus routes. BEST has tabled “a fixed Rs-5 fare for commuting anywhere between Fort, Nariman Point and Walkeshwar in south Mumbai from CST and Churchgate station. Under the scheme, which will benefit office-goers and tourists the most, the buses will ply different circular routes,” says ToI.

Auto fare hike RTOs plight and the ThackerayAnna tiff

BEST is proposing limited fare bus routes for areas in South Mumbai, to benefit office-goers and tourists.

But, for a moment, back to the auto drivers. Twelve MNS members who beat up an auto rickshaw driver were remanded to custody. With the MNS in trouble, could the Shiv Sena be far behind? A few members could find themselves in the cooler for violating noise pollution norms. “"The FIR was registered against former Sena MLC Anil Parab, party's Dadar area branch head Milind Vaidya and party Secretary Divakar Borkar, who organised the rally, for violation of noise pollution norms," Shirish Gaikwad, inspector at Shivaji Park police station, said, the Times of India reported.

Sometimes, the government does know what it is doing. “The Chief Minister’s scheme of delivering driving licences to the applicants by post has helped the city’s Regional Transport Offices (RTO) uncover 16, 523 fake applications and contain the menace of illegal applications,” says DNA. And that’s just the number from April 1, 2011.

It’s a good time for property hunting, it seems. ““Ready-to-move-in projects command a higher premium and have witnessed sharp appreciation. Either the developers have not read the market correctly or they see continued potential for profit in the long-term,” says Sanjay Dutt, CEO-Business, Jones Lang La Salle India, adding that going by the trends in the suburbs, it is the dawn of transition from a buyer’s to a seller’s market,” according to a DNA report.

Bal Thackeray asked Anna Hazare to desist from ‘childishness’. Reports the Indian Express, “You are younger than me and hence this childishness does not suit you too and do not unnecessarily get into the business of getting into enmity with us,” Thackeray said.

While things heat up between Thackeray and Hazare, things heat up for Mumbaikars as well. “The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the phenomenon of ‘October heat’ is pushing the city’s maximum temperature above normal. At present, the temperature is two degree Celsius above average,” reports DNA.

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