Saturday, September 19, 2020

Airport pre-paid auto booth shuts down

Pune: The pre-paid autorickshaw booth at the Pune Airport has shut down following the expiry of its licence and extension given to the autorickshaw union to operate it.

Prakash Rajguru, secretary, L.V Antaral Autorickshaw Sanghatna, told TOI that their two-year agreement to operate the booth ended in March. “The counters were shut down four days ago. We were sitting at home without work from March till June and even now the number of passengers is less. We had approached Pune MP Girish Bapat and Wadgaonsheri MLA Sunil Tingre and the agreement was extended twice till September 14. We have sought permission to operate yet again for a period of two years,” he said.

Around 180 autorickshaw drivers were attached to the booth. The autorickshaw drivers said that they should be given permission to continue operation as their income has shrunk due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They said they have submitted application for renewal of the contract, but the airport authorities were yet to respond.

Wadgaonsheri MLA Sunil Tingre, who is also the vice-chairman of the Pune airport advisory committee, said, “The autorickshaw drivers had approached me and I have discussed the matter with our leader Sharad Pawar. There seems to be some issue and we have planned to sort things out. However, I am recovering from Covid-19 and will follow up on the issue next week,” he said.

19/09/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India

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