Govt looks at hiking auto fares by 45 paise/km

The autorickshaw strike on Tuesday evoked a lukewarm response in the city,but the government is studying a proposal to increase auto fares.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 17, 2012 3:48 am

The autorickshaw strike on Tuesday evoked a lukewarm response in the city,but the government is studying a proposal to increase auto fares.

A section of auto and taxi unions stayed off the road,protesting against the government’s decision to install GPS units and demanding a fare hike.

While commuters at the airport and railway stations faced difficulties,the strike failed to have an impact as the government had convinced several other auto unions to keep away from the strike.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said,“The strike called by auto and taxi unions had no impact on normal life. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the city.”

However,auto unions that were part of the strike said it was a success. “Our strike was a success but we are not going to continue with it because of the festive season and we do not want to trouble people. We have given the government time till next week to increase the fare and reduce the cost of installing GPS-integrated fare meters,’’ Rajinder Soni of the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh Transport Union said.

According to a source in the Transport department,the final report on auto fare hike is likely to be tabled before the government in another five days. “In our preliminary report,we had suggested a hike of 45 paise/km taking into consideration the hike in the CNG fuel price and other factors. But the final report on the fare hike will also include factors such as labour cost,increase in price of spare parts,etc. Also,the service charges levied for operation of GPS meters is likely to be considered while making the final calculations,’’ a Transport official said.

The official said the department had initially proposed a hike of 96 paise.

“When the fares were hiked in 2010,unions demanded more citing the purchase of GPS units. So we had added another 50 paise.”

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