Cab operators in Kolkata made a fresh demand for a fare hike on Wednesday.
They said that they would soon meet transport minister Suvendu Adhikari requesting him to accept their demands.
“With the advent of OLA and Uber, the traditional yellow cabs are in a very bad shape. A fare hike is urgently needed. We won’t waste time to raise this issue with the transport minister,” said Bimal Guha, secretary of Beng al Taxi Association.
On November 1, 2012, cab fare was increased in Kolkata for the last time. Since then, there have been many demands from the transport operators but the Trinamool Congress government decided to continue with its policy of ‘no fare’ hike.
The taxi unions want the minimum fare to be Rs 30 (for first two km) and then Rs 4 for every 200 metres.
“Autos, government buses as well as Ola and Uber cabs are increasing fares on their own. The problem is only with private minibuses, buses and taxis. We have to make a determined bid to raise fares this time,” added Guha.