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Revitalizing Last-Mile Connectivity: Pune RTO and Autorickshaw Unions Join Hands for Metro Commuters

Towards Hassle-Free Metro Access: Pune RTO's Collaboration with Autorickshaw Unions Gains Traction

Pune, January 28, 2024: In a bid to enhance last-mile connectivity for Pune Metro commuters, the Regional Transport Office (RTO) in Pune is set to engage in discussions with autorickshaw unions in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad to revive and improve the share-a-rick service at Metro stations. The initiative, launched six months ago, faced discontinuation due to a lukewarm response from autorickshaw drivers.

Sanjiv Bhor, an official from the Pune RTO, expressed the intention to review and enhance the share-a-rick service, underscoring its significance for Metro commuters seeking hassle-free transportation to Metro stations. The move comes ahead of the operation of four additional Metro stations next month on the Ramwadi route.

Despite the potential benefits of the share-a-rick service, autorickshaw drivers’ reluctance to participate has been a major hurdle. Regular Metro users have reported instances of autorickshaw drivers refusing to operate by the meter when traveling to Metro stations. Shivajinagar resident Suresh Mehta brought attention to this issue, stating that although Maha Metro and RTO have displayed details of the share-a-rick service outside Shivajinagar Metro station, autorickshaw drivers often fail to adhere to the guidelines. Lack of supervision on autorickshaw drivers’ compliance has also been raised as a concern.

To address these challenges, the RTO has approved over 100 routes where autorickshaw drivers can participate in the share-a-rick initiative, covering more than 30 functional Metro stations on the two Metro routes. However, poor awareness among autorickshaw drivers about the benefits of the service has been identified as a key factor contributing to its lack of success.

Pradip Bhalerao, a leader of an autorickshaw union, highlighted the absence of proper infrastructure near Metro stations and on share-a-rick initiative routes. He mentioned that autorickshaw drivers lack confidence in obtaining satisfactory returns under the share-a-rick service.

The imminent talks between the RTO and autorickshaw unions aim to address these concerns and rejuvenate the share-a-rick service for the convenience of Metro commuters. The collaboration seeks to ensure efficient last-mile connectivity, especially with the expansion of the Metro network in the coming months. Authorities are optimistic that a renewed effort to engage autorickshaw unions will lead to a successful and widely adopted share-a-rick service, benefitting both commuters and autorickshaw drivers alike.

Devashish Jain

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I have been a content writer for more than 5 years now and have worked on multiple niches. My articles are well researched and written in a engaging way. I have also written a few eBooks on various topics which are available on Amazon Kindle. If you are looking for a professional and experienced content writer, then please do get in touch with me.

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