Rail­ways shelves Pan­vel pre­paid auto stand pro­posal

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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