Three days after the Delhi government hiked prices of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), the autorickshaws here have demanded either a further hike in fares or advertising rights if prices of CNG increases in Mumbai too.
The Mumbai Auto Rickshaw Union has shot off a letter to the state transport department with its demand.
The details of the hike is not yet known.
However, any hike would mean that the minimum fare would increase from Rs 11. In June last year, the basic tariff rose from Rs 9 to Rs 11 for autorickshaws plying on Mumbai roads.
“We have given a proposal that government allow us advertising rights so that there wouldn’t be another round of increase in fares,” said Thampi Kurien, member, Mumbai Auto Rickshaw Union.
However he refused to divulge further details on the proposal.
The autorickshaw union will not demand hike in fare only if the transport department allows full-fledged advertising on rickshaws, similar to
how advertisements are displayed on air-conditioned BEST buses.
Presently, there are rickshaws that display advertisements promoting movies and websites, but this is illegal.
The union claims that they have been asking for advertising rights on autorickshaws for long time, even before the latest hike was cleared in June.
Sources said that in case advertisement rights are given then, the auto drivers could
display it at areas that don’t obstruct the vehicle number.
“We have received their demand and would scrutinise it before taking any decision,” said Dilip Jadhav, Transport Commissioner confirming the proposal by the union.
In August, the Mumbai Auto Rickshaw Union had demanded a hike in fare to Rs 19 as minimum fare and subsequent fare to be Rs 10, on par with the fares approved in Delhi.