TIRUCHI – The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation (TTDC) will launch tourist-friendly autorickshaw scheme in Tiruchi and Thanjavur soon.
Twenty-six autorickshaws in Tiruchi and 16 in Thanjavur have been chosen to be introduced under the scheme, which seeks to ensure friendly and reliable service for tourists visiting the cities.
The autos would be officially launched in the two cities in the first week of October, N.Ravi, Manager (Public Relations), TTDC, Chennai, told The Hindu over telephone.
The distinctly painted autorickshaws also carry pictographs of tourist attractions painted on the back with the TTDC logo.
They will be operated as per the fare meter and their services can be availed by tourists for point-to-point travel or engaged for half-a-day or a full day sightseeing trips at fixed rates.
Selected auto drivers are issued photo identity cards after certification from the Home Department.
In Tiruchi, 35 applications were received and they were first sent to the Regional Transport Office concerned for verification of the vehicle history and followed by a verification of the antecedents of the auto drivers by the police. Based on their report, the certification from the Home Department has been issued.
The auto drivers have already been provided orientation training on behavioural and language aspects so as to ensure friendly service.
They will be provided booklets carrying tourism related information and city maps.
A booklet containing the names and telephone numbers of the auto drivers will be provided to visiting tourists.
Auto drivers who enrol under the scheme also stand to benefit by way of insurance cover and medical tests.