Mum­bai may get 50,000 new 3-wheel­ers, taxis

Commercial Vehicle - - CV MONITOR / NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the state trans­port depart­ment is mulling in­tro­duc­ing about 50,000 new three wheel­ers and taxis in Mum­bai. 30,000 among them are pegged to be 3 wheel­ers while the rest 20,000 may be black­yel­low taxis and cool cabs. This news comes in even as the re­cent fare hike of 3 wheel­ers and taxis has led to a rise in com­muters opt­ing for bus trans­porta­tion. Sources in­formed that the daily num­ber of pas­sen­gers board­ing the BEST buses for lo­cal com­mu­ta­tion had swelled by 1.3 lakh or 3.25 per­cent af­ter the fare hike last month. How­ever, ex­perts re­it­er­ated that the re­cent hike in bus com­muters was a tem­po­rary phe­nom­ena and the sig­nif­i­cant num­bers would soon re­turn to opt­ing 3-wheel­ers and taxis in­stead of buses.

Sources high­lighted that there was a huge de­mand­sup­ply mis­match per­sist­ing in the city and com­muters have been de­mand­ing for more 3-wheel­ers and taxis, es­pe­cially on feeder routes like lo­cal rail­way sta­tions for some time now. There­fore, most of the newly in­ducted 3-wheel­ers may on the shut­tle routes, they said. How­ever, it is just not the com­muters who have been de­mand­ing for an in­crease in the num­ber of 3-wheel­ers and taxis. Even the var­i­ous 3-wheeler and taxi unions have been lob­by­ing with the state trans­port depart­ment to in­crease the num­ber of pub­lic trans­port ve­hi­cles in the city. But some ex­perts be­lieve that 30,000 new 3-wheel­ers was too small a num­ber to suf­fice the present need. Ac­cord­ing to them at least 2 lakh 3-wheel­ers were re­quired af­ter ban­ning about 40,000 il­le­gal 3-wheel­ers that are presently run­ning in the city.

Mean­while, with the lat­est hike in fares has led to the 3 wheeler driv­ers opt­ing for a switch di­rectly to elec­tronic me­ters in­stead of re­cal­i­brat­ing ex­ist­ing me­chan­i­cal me­ters as the dead line to switch to the e-me­tres is pretty near (March-end 2013). Sources say that at the trans­port depart­ment made re­cal­i­bra­tion of me­chan­i­cal me­tres com­pul­sory which has per­suaded the driv­ers to di­rectly go in for the e-me­tres.

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