Dealing with an auto-rickshaw driver can often be a pain for Indian commuters, but a Chennai auto-rickshaw driver’s gesture to help a passenger puts to rest all standard images people have of them.
“It must be a couple of months ago. A passenger, aged about 57 years boarded my vehicle from Ramapuram to go to a mansion in Triplicane. When we were moving along Mount road, I heard and saw him wailing in pain, holding his chest. I took him to a nearby clinic.”
Ravichandran with his auto NewIndianExpress
The elderly patient required immediate treatment which cost about Rs 1 lakh but was reduced to Rs 47000 by the hospital authorities.
The passenger’s son came from Kolkatta that day itself but did not have enough money for the treatment.
“The passenger’s son had only Rs 15,000 after spending on the flight tickets. Plus, I learnt that they were not affluent. I decided to pledge my autorickshaw, the only property I owned and managed to pay the balance,” he said.
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“When this kind of good work they do are appreciated, it will be a boost to them to do better. This Trust was formed with such an idea,” said Anil Khicha, founder of the Anna Auto Trust.
He was amongst other 16 auto-drivers who were rewarded for their good deeds.The trust has also started a helpline so that passenger can register their good feedbacks.
Chennai’s auto-stand NewiNdianExpress
“If you had a good ride, acknowledge by SMS. The passengers could SMS to 9243000111 their feedback on the experience with a particular driver. They need to type Auto Anna Vehicle No and send the SMS to the number mentioned,” Anil added.