Using public transport in the city will pinch the pockets a little more with the UT Administration set to hike the fares of AC and non-AC taxis,as well as auto rickshaws. The hike is between 13 and 25 per cent. The fares had earlier been hiked in 2011.
The fare of ordinary auto rickshaws has been increased from Rs 12 for the first kilometre to Rs 14. While for the subsequent kilometres,it has been hiked from Rs 6 to Rs 7 per km.
AC taxis fare has been increased from Rs 20 to Rs 23 per km,which is a 15 per cent hike. Night charges will be 25 per cent of the fare and it will be applicable from 11 pm to 5 am. Waiting charges will now be Rs 100 per hour.
For the non-AC taxis,the existing fares were Rs 15 for the first kilometre and Rs 11 for the subsequent kilometres. This has been increased to Rs 17 for the first kilometre and Rs 13 for the subsequent kilometres. Night charges of non-AC taxis will also be 25 per cent of the fare and will be charged between 11 pm and 5 am. The hike is 13.3 per cent for the first kilometre and 18.18 per cent for the subsequent kilometres.
The fare of radio autos has been increased from Rs 13 for the first kilometre to Rs 15. This implies a hike of 15.4 per cent. For the subsequent kilometres,the fare will increase from Rs 8 to Rs 10 per km,with the hike being 25 per cent.
For radio autos and ordinary autos,the night charges will be 25 per cent of the fare and waiting charge will be Rs 10 per hour.
For the past several months,the operators had been demanding a hike in the fares. Col V S Dhillon (retd),managing director of Tricity Tours and Travels,said that they had been demanding a hike of Rs 25 per km for AC cabs.
Something is better than nothing. The Administration should develop a mechanism to connect the hike in fare with the rise in prices of fuel. While fares have been hiked now,in case the diesel prices increase,the hike will be neutralised, Dhillon added.