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95269PATH Article - Goregaon, Malad get official share-an-auto routes

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    Apr 17, 2014
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      Goregaon, Malad get official share-an-auto routes

      Officials say due to increase in population in the suburbs, existing public
      transport services are proving to be inadequate

      Eight new sharing auto routes have been approved by the Mumbai Metropolitan
      Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) apart from introducing new taxi and auto

      All the eight share-a-rick routes approved are in the areas of Goregaon and
      Malad (see box). Due to increasing residential population in some pockets of
      western suburbs the existing public transportation network is unable to meet
      to the demands, which prompted the authorities to approve new sharing auto
      rickshaw stands.

      As per the details available five of the routes are from Malad East, while
      the balance three for Goregaon West.

      “Over the years, the total numbers of auto and taxi stands too have taken a
      drop in Mumbai. Therefore, four such stands were approved by the MMRTA in
      their meeting held last month,” said an official from the transport
      department. The unions too have been raising their voices and concerns over
      the dwindling number of stands in Mumbai.

      The two auto rickshaw stands approved are at Phoenix Mall at LBS Road in
      Kurla and Kapadia Nagar on CST Road of Kurla.

      Similarly, the two taxi stands approved are at Hiranandani Complex in Powai
      and on the Mumbai end of Airoli Toll Plaza at Mulund.


      In the previous MMRTA meetings too, the authorities have approved several
      other sharing taxi and auto routes all over Mumbai. Over 60 such routes
      involving taxi and auto rickshaws have been approved for various locations of
      Mumbai in the last couple of years.