Imphal: Asking e-rickshaw and diesel auto drivers plying in Thangmeiband area to slash passenger fare within the assembly constituency, Thangmeiband United Club (TUC) has imposed ban on entry of e-rickshaw and diesel auto without sporting ‘TUC’ logo from March 4.
Addressing a press meet held at DM College on Tuesday, TUC President Pratap Leisangthem said that passenger vehicles have been charging fare from people on their own whims since the opening of the lockdown and this came at a time when the people are facing the brunt of massive hike in fuel prices.
He said that even though it is justified to hike passenger fare with the spike in fuel prices, passenger vehicles have been charging high fare without giving prior information to the concerned clubs and civil society organizations.
He informed that TUC, Sangai E-rickshaw Owner & Driver Welfare Association and Emoinu E-rickshaw Owners Co-operative Society after having a joint meeting have decided to fix Rs 10 as the fare for a passenger for all the e-rickshaws and diesel autos plying in different Thangmeiband routes considering the fact that there has been no official order issued approving increased in passenger fares in the State.
He said that if need for increase in passenger fare arises, TUC along with Sangai E-rickshaw Owner & Driver Welfare Association and Emoinu E-rickshaw Owners Co-operative Society will take a final decision after having a joint meeting.
Conveying that e-rickshaws with logo ‘135’ and diesel autos with logo ‘174’ have been operating under TUC in Thangmeiband area, Pratap made it clear that no e-rickshaws and diesel autos without the logo given by the club will be permitted entry in Thangmeiband route starting from March 4.
He said that the decision was taken to reduce traffic in the area and alleviate sufferings of the people in particular. He appealed to the people to give the fixed fare to passenger vehicles plying in the area.