Mumbai: The city now has 1.2 lakh autorickshaws and nearly 7,000 kaali-peeli taxis with recalibrated meters showing revised fare of minimum Rs 21 and Rs 25, respectively. However, meter repairers fear the new online system may push the recalibration process deadline from May to June or August.
A union leader said nearly 1.1 lakh more autos and 13,000 taxis remain to be fitted with rejigged meters. In the new system, the repairers authorised to open meters and install recalibrated chips have to also update an online database with details of the driver, vehicle, meter, manufacturer of chip and other information. “It is being done to ensure a transparent recalibration process. In future, we can check in the online database where and how the meter for a particular auto or taxi has been recalibrated,” said state transport chief Avinash Dhakne. tnn