Pre-paid auto rickshaw at Central Station

This morning, I landed in Chennai Central station from Ernakulam. The moment I landed I was squarmed by porters who offered to carry the less than 3 kilos of luggage I had. I politely refused. There was no one to pick me up, so I decided to take an auto, though I was pretty sure that I will land up in a fight over the rates. Someone suggested a pre-paid auto, and I approached the counter. Just outside the counter there were atleast 15 different auto drivers who urged me not to take the pre-paid and instead come with them. I enquired the rate to Mylapore, as the counter was a little crowded and I got all possible rates, from Rs. 80 to Rs. 150. I decided to wait patiently in the queue, and when my turn came I was plesantly surprised that all I had to pay was Rs. 50. The official gave me a slip which had the rate and I had to pay the auto-driver directly. The auto-driver didn’t demand a penny more and the journey back home very peaceful. For a moment I couldn’t believe it was the auto-drivers of Chennai. Way to go, and I heard the rickshaw fares are being revised so we will see drivers using the meters henceforth.

4 Comments so far

  1. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 30th, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    A pre-pay booth at Spencers would be popular.

    But not with the drivers!!!!

    How do auto drivers get onto these premium rip-off stands outside the shopping centres and expensive hotels? There must be such competition for these places…

  2. vinod (unregistered) on July 30th, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    i swear, the auto drivers and their rip-off’s is one thing that is haunting this great city of chennai… but on the other hand, fuel prices have more than doubled in the last decade but the auto meters haven’t been recaliverated at all… that’s why they are resorting to these measures..

  3. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 30th, 2006 @ 3:01 pm

    Petrol prices are the same all over India, are they not?

    And yet auto drivers in other cities (I’m told) charge by the meter. And I don’t recall auto drivers here using meters even going back to my first ever visit to this city nearly ten years ago.

  4. vinod (unregistered) on July 30th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    by and large the petrol prices are mostly the same… it would be incorrect for me to say, that autos in chennai have always been bad… i remember having paid as per the meter many times… yes, but even then quite a few of the drivers never went by the meter….

    but the fare at other cities have increased over time, they have in consultation with local government upped the fares frequently… which hasn’t happened here in TN…

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