From June, you have to pay more for travelling in radio taxis. After auto-rickshaws, the transport department has now decided to revise fares of air-conditioned as well as 'economy' radio taxis in the Capital.
Sources said a ride in an air-conditioned radio taxi will now cost Rs 23 per kilometre while the economy taxis will charge R13 per kilometre. The transport department had increased auto-rickshaw and taxi (black and yellow) fares by 25% earlier this month. While the radio taxi operators are demanding a similar hike, sources said the government has agreed to increase their fare by 15%.
The radio taxi fare was last revised in September 2010. The existing radio taxi fare in air-conditioned and economy radio taxis is R20 and R10 per kilometre.
"The radio taxi operators have been demanding fare revision. We could not do it when we revised auto-rickshaw fares but it will be done soon," Delhi transport minister Ramakant Goswami said.
Goswami said the transport department was likely to submit a final proposal early next week and the revised fare would come into effect immediately after his approval.
Radio taxis are a popular mode of transport in Delhi. There are about 5,000 AC radio cabs and 3,800 economy radio taxis plying in the Capital.
Available on demand and fitted with global positioning system, radio cabs are considered a safe transport for women and those who travel late at night. According to an estimate, more than two lakh people travel by radio taxis every day.
According to radio taxi operators, the cost of CNG and spare parts has shot up tremendously in the past couple of years. "Our drivers are also well trained and are paid good salaries. The cost of running the call centre for these taxis has also increased," said a radio taxi operator.
Air-Conditioned 23/km 20/km
Economy 13/km 10/km
New fare old fare
Auto-rickshaw (base) R25/two km R19/two km
Subsequent km R8 R6.5