Taxi & Auto Union members call on Transport Commissioner

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 25: Transport Commissioner, J&K, Dr. Owais Ahmed, today chaired a meeting to discuss the modalities for the introduction of Aggregator Model of auto and taxi services in the cities of Kashmir and Jammu divisions.
Senior officers of the department, besides representatives of Taxi and Auto Unions, attended the meeting. Transport Commissioner stressed upon the need for introduction of Aggregators in the capital cities as is being operated in major cities of the country.
He emphasized that this facility will provide comfortable and economical service to the travelers and also give impetus to the business of taxi and auto rickshaws.
Regional Transport Officer, Jammu, Dhananter Singh emphasized that the interests of the existing taxi / auto operators will not be harmed, while introducing the scheme as they can become members of the Aggregator. He stressed upon the taxi and auto operators to spread awareness about the scheme among their counterparts.
The representatives presented their views and expressed willingness in exploring the Aggregator model of providing services to public. They also expressed that this will give boom to their business and make taxi & auto service accessible to the public.
It was also decided that the interests of the operators will be kept in mind while finalizing the modalities of the scheme.
Besides the aggregator scheme, other issues discussed included 100% operation through fare meters, revision of rates for prepaid and postpaid services provided by auto & taxi operators, operationalisation of prepaid stands of taxis and autos at public places.
The meeting was also attended by Assistant Transport Commissioner, S. Swarn Singh.
Chanchal Singh, Inderjeet Sharma and Gurdeep Singh represented the Taxi Union, while Shanti Saroop Gupta represented the Auto Union.