The Hakim panel, which was appointed to review taxi and auto rickshaw fares, is likely to submit a report to the transport department this week, after days of speculation by transport department officials of a possible fare hike.
The Hakim panel report will impact lakhs of people who use the public transportation system.“There are changes in many parameters such as the average price of vehicle, daily average running as per new survey, insurance fee and maintenance costs, as compared to the old formula. So, after taking these into consideration, naturally there would be a hike in the fare,” said the official.
The three-month deadline given to the Hakim panel will be up on July 13, though the panel is expected to submit its report prior to the date.
“The panel has almost finished its work and will probably submit the report in a week’s time,” said a senior official of transport department.
The state government had formed the single-member panel, consisting of former union secretary PMA Hakim, on April 13, 2012.
At present, about one lakh taxis and 6.5 lakh autorickshaws ply in the state, out of which 41,000 taxis and 1.8 lakh autos ply on city roads.
Transport officials have hinted at some relief for short-distance passengers as consumer forums have strongly demanded the adoption of a metric system for a minimum distance of one kilometre instead of the present mileage system of 1.6 kilometres.
The panel has interacted with all the stakeholders in the taxi and auto trade along with unions, consumer forums, fleet taxi companies and RTO officials. Apart from deriving a new formula to fix fares, the panel was also asked to recommend the share-a-taxi or autorickshaw scheme.