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JAMMU: Shiv Sena Bala Saheb Thackeray Jammu and Kashmir unit has castigated the Union Territory administration for its alleged utter failure to ensure installation and use of meters by the Auto Rickshaw as a result of which they are fleecing the passengers and also demanded to establish pre paid booth.

Addressing a press conference held at the party office here today, the Jammu and Kashmir unit president, Manish Sahni  said that along with the mini buses or  matador, the autorickshaw is  a life line ride of the common people.

He said that more than 3000 autorickshaw is running across Jammu. Most of them refuse carrying the passengers by downing the meter.

He said that the concerned authorities especially the Traffic Police  , RTO are turning a blind eye towards the gross violation of law by the auto rickshaw.

He further alleged that some reckless auto drivers are takeing undue advantage of even the emergency situations to overcharge fare even while ferrying patients to hospitals and other destinations.

The  Shiv Sena President said that the auto drivers are charging over Rs. 200-400 to carry passenger even for a short distances.

Sahni appealed to the UT Administration led by the Lieutinant Governor Manoj Sinha to take immediate notice of this significant issue and ensure that the auto-rickshaw drivers charge passenger fare strictly as per their meters. Along with this, Sahni also appeals to the public to complain to the police administration posted on the roads to make pressure to pay the fare according to the meter.

 He also urged the administration to set up pre-paid auto booths at Railway station, Airport , Bus Stand and every significant junction and crossing across the City of Temples so that the commuters seeking the services of auto-rickshaws heave a sigh of relief at this critical juncture.

Sahni said that Jammu and Kashmir is a main tourist destination, most of the tourists who reach here do not know the distance to their destination.    On this occasion Gen. Secretary Vikas Bakshi was also present.