Rs.19 per km still Jammu auto-rickshaw drivers charge in 100's

JAMMU: The struggle of hiring an auto rickshaw is real when you are in a hurry. Regular commuters, students, office-goers etc. have the first hand experience of such incidents. Missing the local bus on an important day, about to get late for an early meeting, getting late for the practical exam etc. , such incidents might have made you to recall all moments when you have hired a three-wheeler and got fooled by paying fares double or even triple than what you are expected to pay.

Besides, we often travel to different states and regions so along with baggage; it becomes troublesome to reach the destination so we book an auto-rickshaw in that case. The motive in such a situation is to make the journey hassle-free but at that same time, the auto-rickshaw driver considers it a great opportunity to make money and he charges double the amount of already set up fares by the Transport department.

Every year, millions of pilgrims visit Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Katra town of Jammu region. Most of these pilgrims reach Jammu via trains and then board auto rickshaws to reach bus stand and hotels. Thus, face issues with fares quoted by drivers.

Most of the auto rickshaws charge at will from people. Auto-drivers in Jammu seldom follow meter system so you end up paying Rs 150 to Rs 200 to cover a distance of 3 to 5 km. Most of you would be surprised to know that the actual fare for the first kilometer is capped at Rs. 19 and for the subsequent kilometers; you have to pay around Rs.14 per kilometer. In case you are making the auto to wait, it will cost you around Rs. 25 per hour with no charges for the luggage up to 25 kgs.

As per the revised fares, a person has to pay around Rs. 69 from Jammu airport to Asia Hotel for a distance of 4.50 kilometers. It is saddening that because of the unawareness, passengers suffer badly as the drivers charge around 200-300 bucks alone to drop you to Jewel Chowk from the Railway Station.

You just have to pay Rs. 104 from Jammu Airport to Trikuta Nagar and just Rs. 57 to reach Gandhi Nagar.

Check the list below and save it for later.

Similarly, in case you have to hire a three-wheeler from Jammu Railway Station to different parts of the city, Check this below mentioned list.

The Traffic department is all set to tighten the noose around auto-rickshaw drivers as they have been told to charge fares as per the meter reading or face heavy fines.

It is likely that new electronic chip-based meters will be installed in the coming months replacing old faulty meters.

So, a word of caution for everyone who hires an auto every now and then, kindly decide the fare beforehand and ask them to show the rate list decided by the Traffic department so that they would not dare to fool you.


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Hardeep Bali