Now the topic might sound like some techincal paper. All I have to give is some alternative mode of transport other than the Auto Rickshaws in Bangalore.
You want to travel >10 KM to the railway station. You take an auto, its meter is tampered (FOR SURE, trust me) and you end up paying 105 (as the meter shows 15kms, while the actual distance is 10) + 40 (for luggage, even if you alone) + 20 (extra, Bangalore special, this is variable and depends on how fluently you can argue in kannada or hindi). = 165Rs total for a mere 10Km trip.
You want to pick someone from the railway station(10Kms) and you take an auto to the railway station and another back home. So the total would come around 300Rs. Warning : Don’t take prepaid auto’s they would fight with you when you reach the destination and ask for ‘Bangalore Extra’ citing reasons like the petrol price hiked or your house is too far, or that he wants to buy a new flat, or that he did not pay his emi for his new car and so on.
Now the Alternative would be to take a city cab. You could hire a city cab for 400Rs in Bangalore for 4 hours or 40KMS(whichever comes first). So if you want to pick someone from the railway station and hang around in the city, hire a cab. That’s cheaper, safer and comfortable. You can bargain and get a good rate fixed and trust me, they will stick to their promise unlike our beloved auto drivers.
You want to go to the airport? Autos cannot take you to the new airport. You would end up paying 850Rs for the city taxis. Get Meru cabs instead. These are premium cabs (with a.c, Mahindra Logan cars) and will charge you 15Rs/KM, as they won’t charge you extra for one direction trip ( The normal call taxis (without a.c, maruthi omni cars) will ask you extra charge for one direction trip).
Or Airlift Taxis which is best if you are alone and a single seat would cost you 300Rs.
or BMTC Vajara Volvo buses from designated busstops for 120Rs.
My advice to anyone travelling in Bangalore is DONT TAKE AN AUTO!! (By not following this advice you are inviting trouble. Like and old saying, walking into Lion’s Den !)
You are not sure where you want to go and how long you are gonna hangout and don’t want to bargain with the auto nor taxis, take the city volvos.