Expediting the long-delayed transport proposal of non air-conditioned radio taxis,the UT Administration,on Thursday,decided on the fare.
Disagreeing with earlier proposals of a fixed fare slab for these taxis,the Administration has decided on a two-slab system. A passenger would pay Rs 12 for the first kilometre and Rs 9 for each kilometre travelled subsequently.
Reversing its earlier decision,the Administration turned down the proposal of taxi operators to display advertisements on their vehicles. The fare structure was finalised after the Administration turned down the proposal on advertisements.
The issue has been the bone of contention between the Administration and short-listed operators. While the operators had been demanding,among others,the right to display ads,the Administration rejected it on the ground that they would mar the citys heritage look,sources said. The fare has been fixed at Rs 12 for the initial kilometre and Rs 9 per kilometre for further distance travelled, said Vandana Disodia,Secretary State Transport Authority.
Air-conditioned radio cabs,however,enjoy the right to display advertisements and charge a fixed fare of Rs 15 per kilometre. There is no restriction on advertisements on the buses run by the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) either.
Earlier,the proposal got delayed due to lack of interest on part of operators who viewed it as a non-profitable venture.
When the administration managed to get two operators for the project,it got further delayed due to disagreement over fare between the Administration and the operators,with the operators blaming the former for adopting a biased approach.
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