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Auto unions meet today to decide on fare hike

Unhappy with the state government over the implementation of the Hakim Committee report,auto rickshaw unions in the city have called a meeting on Saturday to decide further course of action.

Unhappy with the state government over the implementation of the Hakim Committee report,auto rickshaw unions in the city have called a meeting on Saturday to decide further course of action. On September 28,the state government had accepted the committee report and issued a notification for its implementation. The autorickshaw fares will see an increase of Rs 2-2.5 for the first kilometre as per the formula chalked out by the committee.

In April,the state government had appointed a one-man committee comprising PMA Hakim,retired Secretary to the Government of India,to formulate a revised formula to determine the fare structures of taxis and auto-rickshaws in the state. The committee had been asked to conduct consultations with the concerned stakeholders and submit independent report.

The committee submitted the report along with recommendations and a formula for fare hike. The formula prevents autorickshaw unions from forcing an arbitrary fare hike following an increase in fuel prices.

“The state government is selectively implementing the report. After studying issues faced by the autorickshaw owners,the committee had submitted its suggestions on providing social security,pension and retirement solutions to them. The committee also recommended fare hike formula,installation of electronic metres,share-a-rickshaw etc. But the government has conveniently rejected most of the recommendations that would have benefitted the autorickshaw owners,” said Nitin Pawar,convener,Rickshaw Panchayat.

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Rickashaw Panchayat,the biggest autorickshaw union in the city,will meet on Saturday to decide future course of action.

“The state government has introduced many changes in the recommendations that would harm the autorickshaw owners. We are meeting to decide the further course of action on Saturday,” added Pawar.

Pawar said a fare hike of Rs 2-2.5 for the first kilometre may be implemented in the city. Following the government’s decision,Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority had given nod to Rs 3 hike in minimum fare for autorickshaw and Rs 2 hike for taxis. In Mumbai and Thane minimum distance is set at 1.6 km and then 200 metres. But in Pune,according to Hakim report,it is 1 km and then 100 metres.