Commuters may have to pay 30-35% more for share-an-auto/taxi services in the city in the next few days.
Operational on nearly 400 routes, the services are one of the most popular low-cost commuting options.
According to a senior regional transport department official, the fare hike proposal for share-an-auto/taxi services is yet to receive the transport commissioner’s approval. “It will take at least one week, as at present our priority is recalibration of meters,” said the RTO official.
Another RTO official said that the fares would be hiked by 30-35%.
Currently, the fare for share-a-taxi/auto services ranges from Rs6-15. The additional 33% fare that the drivers charge from passengers acts as an added incentive.
The Hakim panel, appointed to review the fake hike, too, had suggested that the existing fare be maintained. However, the fares for the services in Navi Mumbai and Thane have been hiked. While the fares in Mumbai haven’t been hiked as yet, some auto and taxi unions have started charging more than the sanctioned fare.
Shashank Rao, leader, Mumbai Autorickshawmen’s Union, said that the RTOs need to survey the share service routes with recalibrated meters.
Recently, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) has approved 31 new share-an-auto routes, of which 15 are for the eastern suburbs while 16 for the western suburbs. Two new share-a-taxi routes, too, have been added.
In a recent interview with the Hindustan Times, transport commissioner VN More has stated that more share service routes could be added if commuters demand for the same.