Auto charge hike follows cab fare surge in Gurgaon

  • Isha Sahni, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Apr 20, 2016 00:26 IST
Delhi civil defence volunteer at the Delhi-Gurgaon Border on MG Road, in Gurgaon. Abhinav Saha/Hindustan Times) (Abhinav Saha/HT Photo)

After private cab aggregators, auto drivers in Gurgaon have hiked fares after the odd-even road rationing scheme was implemented in the national capital on April 15.

The surge has been between Rs 10 and Rs 50 since the first day of the odd-even scheme. The prices are set higher for people ferried from the five metro stations in Gurgaon.

“As only odd-numbered cars are allowed in Delhi on Tuesday, I boarded the metro to Iffco Chowk and wanted to take an autorickshaw to my office in Sector 14. Colleagues told me not to pay more than Rs 100 but the driver asked a whopping Rs 180. I told him that the price is too high and he asked me to look for another autorickshaw,” Anchal Sinha of Delhi, said.

“After missing five autorickshaws, I chose to pay Rs 150 and reach the office as there was no other option to commute,” she said.

There are no policies in Gurgaon to install fare metres or regulate the prices of 4,000 autorickshaws. Though several meetings to regularise the three-wheeler business in Gurgaon took place in the last few years, no steps were taken to implement any rules.

“I paid Rs 250 to reach Sadar Bazar from Huda Metro station today (Tuesday) while I paid only Rs 150 a week ago. Every driver has a different price for the same location. The prices fluctuate according to the driver’s will and it causes distress to commuters,” Manik Agarwal from Gurgaon said.

Another commuter, Shiv Dhawan, travelling from Iffco Chowk to Sector 40 said, he was shocked when the auto driver asked him Rs 100 for a trip that usually costs Rs 60.

“It is impossible that a daily commuter will agree to give Rs 40 more for a short-distance journey. The prices have increased suddenly,” Shiv Dhawan said.

After arguing with auto drivers, he decided to take a bike taxi home which came 15 minutes later.

“I have to go home and don’t mind waiting 15 minutes for a bike taxi. If someone is in a hurry, they will be forced to pay any price charged. The same has been happening since the odd-even scheme came into effect in Delhi,” Dhawan said.

Making yet another promise, a regional transport authority (RTA) official said that meetings are being held regularly and soon the prices of autos will be regulated.

“The work of organising the autorickshaws has started. New initiatives are being introduced and we are in touch with the auto unions. Soon, the fare of autorickshaws will be regulated and metres will be installed,” an RTA official requesting anonymity said.

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