The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday approved 25 per cent increase in fares of taxis and autorickshaws. A notification in this regard is expected on Thursday and new fares will come into effect next week.
The minimum auto fare for the first two kilometres will go up from Rs 19 to Rs 25 and the following per kilometre rate will be Rs 8 as opposed to the current Rs 6.50. The minimum fare for one kilometre for both AC and non-AC taxis will go up from Rs 20 to Rs 25. The per kilometre rate for non-AC taxis will go up from Rs 11 to Rs 14 and for AC taxis,it will increase from Rs 13 to Rs 16. No change has been allowed in waiting charges for autos or taxis, Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said.
The notification will be sent out after approval from L-G Tejendra Khanna.
The auto and taxi unions have been demanding revision in the fare structure,claiming that the last hike was effected in 2010.
We know that this is an election year,but we hope that such a fare hike will help end harassment of commuters by auto drivers who refused to go by the meter due to the low fare structure. We will also ensure more stringent enforcement in this regard by the Transport department, Goswami said.
Auto and taxi unions said they were happy with the hike.
We are grateful to the government for keeping its promise of revising the fare structure, president of All Delhi Auto and Taxi Transporters Congress Union Kishan Verma said.