A panel set up by the transport department to suggest a revision in fares of autorickshaws and taxis is likely to recommend a hike of 20%.
Though the committee, set up a couple of months ago, is yet to submit its recommendation to the Delhi government, the members felt a 20% fare hike would be justified, sources said.
The recommendations are likely to be submitted in a couple of days.Autorickshaws currently charge R19 for the first two kilometres and R6.50 for every subsequent kilometre.
The minimum fare for black-and-yellow taxis is R20 for the first kilometre and R11 (R13 per km for AC taxis) for subsequent kilometres. Sources said the auto fare may be increased to R23 for the first two kilometres and R8 for additional kilometres.
Taxi fares may be hiked to R24 for the first kilometre and R13 thereafter. Sources said the committee had finalised its recommendations. Two to three different proposals have been worked out and the panel may even make changes in them if the government suggests.
“As the transport commissioner was transferred a few days ago and the new transport commissioner likely to take charge on November 1, the recommendations could not be submitted. The committee has done due diligence and has come up with recommendations it thinks is justified,” a transport department official said.
The auto-rickshaw and taxi unions had been pressing for a steep hike in fares on the grounds that the prices of compressed natural gas and spare parts had gone since June 2010, when the fares were revised last.
They said the manpower cost had also increased significantly after the government increased minimum wages for skilled and unskilled workers several times in the past couple of years.