DC legalises 17 auto stands in Manipal2 min read
Manipal: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) M.T. Reju on April 25 signed the order that notifies 17 auto stands within Manipal, identifying them officially by the municipality. The auto stands weren’t authorized earlier.
Explaining the notification process, the Inspector of Police, Manipal, S.A. Thipannavar said, “There were never any illegal stands in Manipal, even though some sources may say otherwise. The government has given the land on which the stands are built and it’s all authorized. It’s just that some of the auto stands weren’t noticed by the district.”
“Acquiring a notification by the authorities is a process that takes time. The new stands that have just come up will obviously take a longer time to get this notification than the ones that existed before. Now all 17 auto stands have been identified,” he added.
Keeping the convenience of the commuters in mind, the DC in collaboration with the Regional Transport Office (RTO) has passed an issue allowing for the increase in the number of autos per stand. Reconstruction for the enlargement of these is being funded by the district. The government has sanctioned an estimated sum of seven lakhs for upgrading the auto stands.
Suresh, President of the Manipal Auto Union said, “We have been trying to get the stands notified for a year now but the RTO has been busy and they don’t generally give preferences to private land. But after a very long time, we have been able to get the notification done.” He added, “Manipal University (MU) has really helped. They have provided us with the health card insurance facilities from the Manipal Hospital and the University makes for most of our clientele. The union tries to repay in kind by maintaining a strict system. We get the kids where they need to go safely, stay in queues at the stands, don’t engage in unnecessary fights and help maintain peace.”
Sub-edited by Bhavani Seetharaman