The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday promised that it will install a GPRS instrument in all autorickshaws in the state in the next three to four months.
This comes after there was a contempt of court petition asking to punish the transport department officials who failed to comply with the orders of the court, according to The Times of India.
The case came up for hearing before the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M Sathyanarayanan. The additional advocate-general of Tamil Nadu Mani Shankar informed the court that the contract for supply of GPRS instrument had been issued to ELCOT already, TOI reported.
The GPRS enabled autorickshaws will provide more safety for the passengers and also help in structuring the auto fares.
On August 27, 2012, SV Ramamurthy filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the high auto fares in Chennai. Then, the apex court had given the state four weeks to appoint an advocate but it failed to appoint an advocate. On January 28, 2013, Tamil Nadu’s additional solicitor general argued the case for the state.
On August 25, the next year, the government revised the auto-fares and promised to install GPRS meter. On September 2015, it again promised to install GPRS meters in six months but to no avail.
This story was first reported by A Subramani of The Times of India.