According to the survey and formulae set by the Mumbai Autorickshawmen’s Union (MAU), the auto fare should be raised to Rs 27 from Rs 12 for first slab of 1.6km, and Rs 17 per additional km instead of Rs 7.
MAU had conducted a two-day survey on the auto trade on May 16 and 17, which considered various factors like social cost, daily expenses, increased cost of living index, and miscellaneous expenses. The union has also drawn fare structure formulae according to which the minimum fare for a 2km slab should be Rs 34, Rs 27 for the existing 1.6km, and Rs 17 per additional km.
A similar survey was also conducted by the regional transport offices on the direction of one-member Hakim committee appointed by the state transport department to restructure the fare formulae.
“Our survey has factors like daily expenses and social cost that is not included in the government survey. Inclusion of only the social cost adds 35.33% to the fare. Besides, the cost of living index considered by the government is very low,” said Sharad Rao, president, MAU.
Under the social cost, the union has included provident fund, provision for pension, medical expenses, special expenses to cover festivals to compensate paid leaves, weekly offs as is given to contract labourers and permanent employees, and gratuity and retirement benefits.
However, the union will stick to its old demand of Rs 20 as minimum fare for 2km, and Rs9 for additional kilometer, Rao said.