Prepaid autorickshaw stand at Central station to be shifted

Thiruvananthapuram: The functioning at railway station is likely to be shifted to the space in front of the main entrance of the railway station. It is among the proposals put forward by the station authorities to ease the traffic congestion at the station.
The proposal, if implemented, will be a relief to the passengers, who get caught up in the tussle between auto drivers at and drivers of app-based cab service.

The prepaid autorickshaw counter, now located near the reservation office building at the railway station compound, will be shifted to the spot near the portico of the main entrance to the railway station. A median will be constructed to divide the area into two lanes, where 40 autorickshaws can be parked.

“It will solve the tussle between auto rickshaw drivers and cab aggregators, as they will function from different locations and passengers will have easy access to both. The autorickshaws, which are not registered at the railway prepaid counters, drop the passengers near the entrance. But, they leave the premises only after they get a trip from the station which congests the entrance area. With the railway prepaid autorickshaw counter at the entrance, they would not park the vehicles in the area, which will solve the issue,” said Rajesh Chandran, station director, Thiruvananthapuram Central railway station.

The space of the autorickshaw prepaid counter, near the reservation office will be allotted to cab aggregators to park vehicles and to set up a kiosk.

Also, it has been proposed to shift the information counter functioning inside the main entrance of the railway station, to a more visible location.

“The luggage scanner machine at the entrance towards platform I, blocks the view of the information counter. There is ample space for an information counter near the staircase in the entrance area, where a structure can be constructed and two people can be deputed to manage the counter,” said station director.

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