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Auto fares hiked in Delhi, Mumbai

Autorickshaw fares were hiked in Delhi and Mumbai today. In Mumbai, fares were hiked with effect from Thursday after flash strike by autorickshaw drivers.

delhi Updated: Jun 22, 2010 16:02 IST

Autorickshaw fares were hiked in Delhi and Mumbai on Tuesday. In Mumbai, fares were hiked with effect from Thursday after flash strike by autorickshaw drivers.

The Delhi Government, on Tuesday, hiked auto fares in the capital following increase in the price of CNG.

The minimum fare for autorickshaws will be increased from current Rs 10 for the first one km to Rs 19 for the first two km. Subsequently, the charge per km after the first two km will be Rs 6.50. Currently Rs 4.50 is taken per km after the first one km.

The announcement for increase in fares was made by Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely at a press conference in New Delhi.

The decision to increase the fares had been taken by the Delhi Cabinet on Monday. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had justified the decision, saying rise in prices of natural gas has left the government with no option but to heed to the demand of the auto unions for increase in fare.

Autorickshaw fares were hiked with effect from Thursday in Mumbai and nearby Thane, with the possibility that taxi fares would also go up, a union leader said on Tuesday.

While the minimum fare has gone up from Rs.9 to Rs.11 for the first 1.6 kilometers, every subsequent kilometre would cost Rs.6.50, up from Rs.5 now, Bombay Autorickshaw and Taximen's Union president Sharad Rao said.