Hundreds of daily commuters were left stranded today due to a crackdown on shared autos—that are the lifeline for commuters travelling to and fro from Vasundhara, Vaishali and Indirapuram. According to auto owners/drivers they were informed about a crackdown from RTO office. No shared autos were allowed near Vaishali Metro Station and Kaushambi area (near Pacific Mall) leaving commuters in the lurch. Female commuters were seen bargaining with rickshaw pullers who made the most of the situation by charging 2-3 times higher amount.
Ghaziabad has a number of these shared autos that take thousands of commuters to their destination within the city. These are especially handy for a number of commuters who travel up to Vaishali and Kaushambi Metro Stations and Maharajpur Border. However, these shared autos have been often accused of carrying more people than stipulated. But in the absence of a worthy city bus service many middle-class commuters who travel up to their workplaces in Delhi, Gurugram, Noida and other NCR cities are dependent on these shared autos that offer point to point connectivity.
An auto owner at Atal Chowk in Vasundhara said that the traffic personnel were seizing any shared auto that was seen plying near the Metro stations.
A commuter Seema Tyagi who was stranded in Vaishali said that such a crackdown shows that authorities do not understand the transport woes of the city. Rather than stopping these autos they should come up with an alternate plan for point to point connectivity. Commuters were seen frantically contacting their near ones or trying to book Ola or Uber taxi as even e-rickshaws were not available.
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