Protest by students against inflated auto and tuktuk fares.

Protest by students against inflated auto and tuktuk fares.

Auto and tuktuk fares these days are of growing concern. It has become a major difficulty for the people in Silchar, especially the students and the daily labourers. Lower middle class families are finding it extremely difficult to maintain the fares. The fare was increased during the lockdown because of the rule of taking 50 percent passengers.

This was done to avoid close contact between the passengers and reduced risk of covid. But now, when the lockdown has been withdrawn and autos, tuktuks are filling the vehicles fully, fares ought to decrease. Fares however are charged the same way as earlier. In response, the students of G. C College gave a memorandum on 10th November to District Administration, SP, D. T. O and Auto and Tuktuk Union and had given them a time of 7 days. Distance that was covered earlier under the fare of Rs10 is now charged Rs 20 to 30.

On asking, the autowalas respond saying that this is the new fare. As a result, people become bound to pay them with the increased amount. The students ultimately today protested in the form of a road block on behalf of Sanatani Seva Sangstha. They sat with placards demanding a just fare price sheet. During the protest, Ruthi Sailathe, a Circle Officer came to the spot and asked the protesters to give them another seven days. If the demand is not met out within 7 days then the city shall see a massive students’ protest as per the protesters. The students’ protest also gathered support from general public. Even many people joined the students during the protest.

This is a problem that not only affected the students but also everyone who uses autos and tuktuks as a means of transportation in the city. All we can do now is wait and watch if the protest actually turned out to be a successful one. And if no action gets to be taken, the students shall make the protest a huge one and put an end to this inflation.