The residents’ wait for a regulated fare policy for autos is getting longer. Although the regional transport department had sent a proposal in this regard to the state government two years ago, the department is yet to get the approval.
“It’s been two years since the administration has sent the fare policy to the state government for approval. Since then, it seems, no progress has been made in this direction. According to our proposal, the fare for the first 2 km will be R20 and thereafter Rs 6.50 for every additional kilometre. During the night (from 11pm to 5am), commuters will have to pay 25% extra of the fare. The waiting charges will be Rs 30 per hour or part thereof, subject to a minimum of 15 minutes stay,” said regional transport authority secretary Dharmendra Singh.
Meanwhile, a commuter has to pay minimum fare of Rs 50 to hire an auto, even if the distance travelled is less than 2 km. “To hire an auto in Gurgaon is a costly affair,” said Sushil Kumar, a resident.
Although 75% of the city’s population depends on public transport, the government has done precious little to improve the situation. The administration has asked the auto operators to get meters installed.