Railways shelves Panvel prepaid auto stand proposal
PANVEL: After almost a year of being mooted, the prepaid auto proposal in Panvel has been shelved.
Despite repeated proposals by the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Panvel to the railways to allocate a space for setting up a prepaid auto stand and a counter to issue tickets, the plan was recently rejected by the railway authorities.
Authorities from the RTO said they had already got an approval from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) in December last year, following which they had submitted the revised design plan to the railways as asked by them.
However, even after this, the proposal was put on hold for almost six months. The railways said the facilities cannot be approved for Panvel as the station has only an A grade while such facilities were only allotted for A1 grade stations.
“We had forwarded the proposal many times to the higher authorities several times but it was put on hold. The railway board officials cited that these prepaid transport facilities are allotted only for the stations with A1 grade while Panvel only has ‘A’ grade hence we did not get any further approval,” said DK Gupta, station manager of Panvel railway station.
The prepaid auto stand proposal was laid down for the node as commuters are troubled with the autorickshaw drivers who charge high rates. “Despite repeated efforts and requests to the railway authorities to allocate a space for setting up the prepaid counter, it was not granted. We have again requested the state transport authorities to review the matter with the railway officials and seek viable options for materialising the proposal,” said Arun Yeola, regional transport officer, Panvel RTO.