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Auto, taxi fares likely to increase

Auto-rickshaw fares in the city are likely to increase with the auto unions demanding a review of the existing rates.

delhi Updated: Aug 07, 2012 01:13 IST
HT Correspondent

Auto-rickshaw fares in the city are likely to increase with the auto unions demanding a review of the existing rates.

The Delhi transport department has decided to meet representatives of the unions on Thursday to hear out their demands and suggestions.

The auto unions have been demanding a fare hike after price of compressed natural gas (CNG) was increased, and the Delhi government refused to roll back the hike.

"If the government can't roll back the prices, there should be a hike in auto fares. As the transport department has asked for our suggestions on August 9, we will put our demands before them. We have been assured by the transport minister that he will look into our demands for fare hike," said Rajindra Soni, president of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.

According to the auto-rickshaw and taxi union, and at present autos charge R19 for the first two kilometres that needs to be increased to R29 as the price of CNG has risen from Rs 25 per kg to R38.35.

Apart from this, for each subsequent km, the unions demand a fare of Rs 9 as against the current fare of Rs 6.50.

Members of auto unions said that they have asked to increase the taxi fare too, from R20 for the first km to Rs 40 and an additional R18 for each successive kilometre against Rs 11 now.

In addition to this, unions claim that even though the Supreme Court had directed the transport department to issue 45,000 new permits to run new auto-rickshaws in the city, Delhi government did not act.

"Even after three months the Delhi government has not issued any new permits to auto-

rickshaws so far. Government had also announced that a welfare board will be set up to look into the problems of drivers but nothing has been done in this regard ," added Soni.

The unions alleged that the government has been deliberately not issuing new permits as they are in connivance with the financier mafia.

Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) had hiked the CNG prices by Rs 2.90 per kg in Delhi, on July 6, making it Rs 38.35 per kg.