There has been a strong demand from the employees of Technopark Trivandrum for a ‘Pre-paid auto counter’ inside the Park. Prathidhwani, socio-cultural organization of Technopark employees, was in the forefront of making sure these demands reach the right places and ensuring that effective measures are being taken at various levels towards achieving this long standing request.
As part of our continued efforts we were able to hold a second formal meeting with Honorable Mayor of Trivandrum Corporation last week at Park Center. Hon Mayor Adv. K Chandrika, Technopark Senior Manager M Vasudevan, Corporation standing committee Chairman Padmakumar, Asst. Commissioner Traffic, Revenue Officials, Executive Engineer Sri. Jayachandran, Bijumon (President, Prathidhwani) and Rajeev Krishnan (Secretary, Prathidhwani) attended the meeting held in 28th February 2014, at Park Centre, Technopark. The previous meeting was held at the Corporation Office in March 2013.
The recent meeting decided to initiate the processes for Pre-Paid Auto counter as soon as possible. Prathidhwani is happy to share the details of major decisions from the meeting.
1. It was decided that Circle Inspector of Police, Kazhakoottam will be the nodal officer in charge for the pre-paid auto counter.
2. Executive Engineer, Of Trivandrum Corporation will make a detailed work estimate of the project. Meeting has requested Prathidhwani’s help with sharing our ideas and details to get this done as early as possible.
3. Once the above estimate gets approved by State Bank of India, work will immediately commence.
Mayor and other attendees of meeting visited the proposed site for prepaid auto counter. As always, Prathidhwani will continue to track the progress of these activities and will keep you posted through our website. We are hopeful of getting this pre-paid auto functional before May of this year.
Once again thanks to all colleagues who joined us and helped us in our various activities in the past.
A look back at the major milestones for auto counter.
Prathidhwani conducted “Candle Light Vigil” protest at Technopark to ‘STOP Violence against women’
“How Safe Are We” an open survey conducted among Technopark employees
Consolidated the suggestions from the survey – “How Safe Are We” and submitted to all top officials including
1. Sashi Tharoor MP
2. M A Vaheed MLA
3. Technopark CEO
4. Hon Mayor
5. ADGP Hemachandran
6. ADGP B Sandhya
7. Circle Inspector Kazhakoottam
One of the important suggestions that came up from the employees was this pre-paid auto counter.
Hon Mayor Adv K Chandrika conducted a meeting at Mayor’s Chamber at Corporation Office for discussing the suggestions given by Prathidhwani. Police officials, representatives of Technopark, National Highway authority, Traffic police and Auto rickshaw union leaders and Prathidhwani representative ( Zafer A M) were present in this meeting. Initial discussions of prepaid auto happened in this meeting. Technopark authorities were asked to study the feasibility.
Prathidhwani representatives met Technopark CEO Sri. Girish Babu and Senior Manager Sri. M Vasudevan and discussed about Pre Paid auto request. Sri. Girish Babu suggested us to find a place just outside the Technopark. We suggested a place near to the bypass gate and Vasudevan Sir visited the place and gave a green signal for allotting the space for counter. It was also agreed for providing free electricity and water for its operations.
We approached the police authority again for taking the next step. We met City Police Commissioner P Vijayan and ADGP Hemachandran twice for taking initiatives. Initially we faced some technical difficulties related to Kazhakoottam not being under the City Traffic Police even though it is under Corporation. The law and order in-charge for this area is the DYSP office Attingal. So we met Attingal DYSP and CI of Kazhakooottam Sri. Vinod and they ensured us their support.
Aug – Sep 2013
Again we got in touch with Hon Mayor and Corporation office for other facilities related to the counter. Mayor directed us to City Traffic Circle inspector Sri. Satheesh. Sri.Satheesh visited the proposed pre-paid auto place along with Vasudevan Sir. He suggested us to prepare a design and find out a sponsor for pre-paid auto. The sponsor has to fund the construction of the counter as well as sand filling for auto rickshaw stand.
1. We approached SBI Technopark manager Sri Jose and he said he will check the possibility of sponsoring the pre paid auto counter
2. We prepared a few designs and submitted to Sri Satheesh, Sri Jose and Sri Vasudevan
3. Technopark came up with a rough estimate for pre-paid auto counter
Software for Pre-paid counter: Prathidhwani decided to prepare a software for pre-paid auto as well as taxi counter. Prathidhwani formed a software team lead by Bijumon (Vanila Networks), Rajith V P (NEST), Jiji ( Allainz ) and Aravind (NEST) and they studied the requirements by visiting similar prepaid counters in the city and developed an initial version of the software for auto- taxi counter.
We met ADGP Hemachandran again on this. He directed Circle Inspector to take care on this. We met Circle Inspector and he visited the proposed place and talked to auto rickshaw drivers unofficially.
We talked to SBI several times and finally Sri Jose told us that they need a detailed estimate from the implementing authority.
We met Hon Mayor and requested to convene a meeting exclusively for prepaid auto in Technopark to speed up the activities. She agreed to conduct the meeting in Technopark and she told us prepaid auto counter will be implemented in 10 other places as well in Trivandrum city. She told a pre-paid auto counter is being planned at Kochu Veli, which will also be helpful for Technopark employees.
Mayor has convened a meeting in Technopark exclusively for prepaid auto counter. Due to the recent transfers happened in Police dept, there is a new Circle Inspector at Kazhakooottam station and Asst Commissioner Traffic. They both took part in the meeting. Meeting decided to formally kick start the process asap. all memebers those attended the meeting visisted the proposed place for prepaid auto counter.
Trivandrum Corporation Assistant Executive Engineer Mrs. Rani, Assistant Engineer Mr. Anil, Supervisor Mr. Anil visited the place for preparing the detailsed estimate on 4th March 2014. Prathidhwani members Raneesh, Bijumon, Rajith and Rajeev also present at the time. We explained the details till now and had shown some sample designs for pre paid counter. They assured us they will complete the detailed estimate as soon as possible.
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