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Auto-rickshaw drivers, owners at loggerheads

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 14 � The tussle between the All Guwahati Auto-rickshaw Drivers� Association (AGADA) and the Guwahati Auto-rickshaw Owners� Association (GAOA) over use of fake licences by auto-rickshaw drivers in Guwahati continues to aggravate with the former on Wednesday threatening to move the court in this connection.

The AGADA has set a deadline to the owners� association saying that if the latter fails to prove the involvement of drivers� association general secretary Naren Pathak in issuance of fake licences, it would be left with no choice but to move the Court.

The GAOA had allegedly cast apprehensions on the role of Pathak not only in circulating fake licences to suspected youths but also charged him of violating norms of GMC parking by creating illegal stands in Guwahati.

The Guwahati Auto-rickshaw Owners� Association had recently handed over six drivers with fake documents to the Dispur Police station.

Naren Pathak of the drivers� association told this reporter that the issue of fake licences should be investigated by the authorities concerned and not by the owners� association.

�If drivers are using fake licences they should be brought to book along with the issuing authority without the connivance of which, such documents cannot be procured,� Pathak said.

On the issue of illegal creation of stands for auto rickshaws, Pathak said that parking stand has increased automatically with the increase in number of vehicles. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has allotted 93 places across the city for auto-rickshaw parking but at present there are more than 160 such parking places.

At present, nearly 6,000 auto rickshaws ply in Guwahati although the process of issuing road permit was halted way back in 2004. In 2006, the total number of such vehicles was about 4,500. The rest, it has been learnt, are plying with permits issued from adjoining areas like Dharapur and Sonapur. The GAOA had said that a number of drivers are using duplicate or fake documents and licences putting the lives of passengers in jeopardy.

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Auto-rickshaw drivers, owners at loggerheads

GUWAHATI, Nov 14 � The tussle between the All Guwahati Auto-rickshaw Drivers� Association (AGADA) and the Guwahati Auto-rickshaw Owners� Association (GAOA) over use of fake licences by auto-rickshaw drivers in Guwahati continues to aggravate with the former on Wednesday threatening to move the court in this connection.

The AGADA has set a deadline to the owners� association saying that if the latter fails to prove the involvement of drivers� association general secretary Naren Pathak in issuance of fake licences, it would be left with no choice but to move the Court.

The GAOA had allegedly cast apprehensions on the role of Pathak not only in circulating fake licences to suspected youths but also charged him of violating norms of GMC parking by creating illegal stands in Guwahati.

The Guwahati Auto-rickshaw Owners� Association had recently handed over six drivers with fake documents to the Dispur Police station.

Naren Pathak of the drivers� association told this reporter that the issue of fake licences should be investigated by the authorities concerned and not by the owners� association.

�If drivers are using fake licences they should be brought to book along with the issuing authority without the connivance of which, such documents cannot be procured,� Pathak said.

On the issue of illegal creation of stands for auto rickshaws, Pathak said that parking stand has increased automatically with the increase in number of vehicles. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has allotted 93 places across the city for auto-rickshaw parking but at present there are more than 160 such parking places.

At present, nearly 6,000 auto rickshaws ply in Guwahati although the process of issuing road permit was halted way back in 2004. In 2006, the total number of such vehicles was about 4,500. The rest, it has been learnt, are plying with permits issued from adjoining areas like Dharapur and Sonapur. The GAOA had said that a number of drivers are using duplicate or fake documents and licences putting the lives of passengers in jeopardy.

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