Auto unions allege laxity in releasing pending vehicles

Auto unions allege laxity in releasing pending vehicles
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Even as the State government announced the release of 800 auto rickshaws for minority youth in Ranga Reddy district, auto unions in the city are demanding the authorities that they release the 1,500 pending auto rickshaws issued under GO 14 and also another 1,000 autos sanctioned during September 2015.

Hyderabad: Even as the State government announced the release of 800 auto rickshaws for minority youth in Ranga Reddy district, auto unions in the city are demanding the authorities that they release the 1,500 pending auto rickshaws issued under GO 14 and also another 1,000 autos sanctioned during September 2015.

The auto unions alleged laxity on part of the transport authorities for not releasing the pending autos. The government during undivided Andhra Pradesh had issued orders to release 20,000 autos in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district.The government directed the Transport Commissioner to register 20,000 new auto rickshaws to ply in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits to be run on liquid petroleum gas/compressed natural gas only for pollution concerns. The government categorised the autos and asked the commissioner to release 13,000 autos under the open category, 4,000 for BCs, 2,000 for SCs and 1,000 for STs.

The Telangana government again framed new guidelines on March 2, 2015 issuing GO 14. The authorities released permits for 11,272 autos under general category but have failed to release permits in case of the reserved category then. As per the government order, the registration of autos should have been completed within 120 days of the GO released and the last date ended on June 29, 2015.

Auto union leaders alleged that even after the last date ended on June 29, 2015, the authorities did not release 1,500 auto proceedings under the reserved category. “Many auto drivers have approached for loan and delay would mean additional burden on the poor and middle class sections,” said Telangana Auto Drivers’ Samakhya president A Sathi Reddy.

The government again sanctioned 1,000 autos especially for the minority candidates with permits for Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts as a special case with a view to improve the economic condition of minorities as announced by Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali ‘Own Your Auto Rickshaws’ under bank linked subsidy loan scheme of minorities. These 1,000 auto permits are additional to the 20,000 permits issued earlier.

The auto rickshaws should be small three-wheelers with three seating capacity run on liquid petroleum gas/compressed natural gas only. The Telangana Auto and Motor Welfare Association general secretary M Dayanand said there was no meaning sanctioning new auto without issuing the pending auto permits. He said the government should ensure that all the eligible get auto permits as per rule. Official sources said that the issue of pending autos would be informed to the government.

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