Giving in to the demand of the taxi unions, the state government on Wednesday increased the base fare by Rs 2 — from Rs 14 to Rs 16. The revised taxi fare will come into effect from Thursday.
“We have taken aspects like fuel cost, price of vehicles, insurance and taxes for vehicles as suggested by a state-appointed committee while calculating the new fare structure,” said Transport Secretary C.S. Sangitrao, who also heads the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority (MMRTA).
On Tuesday, after meeting the representatives from the taxi and autorickshaw unions in Mumbai, the state transport department had indicated that there would be a base fare hike for cabs by Re 1.
The next day, the unions managed to get the state Transport department to double the hike.
But the taxi unions got upset after the MMRTA increased the subsequent fare for every kilometre after the base distance by Re 1. They had expected a hike of Rs 2.
“We had expected more for every subsequent kilometre. We are not happy with this Re 1 hike and will discuss it in our
working committee meeting,” said A. Quadros, general secretary, Mumbai Taximen’s Union.
The night charges will continue to be 25 per cent more than the regular fare. “Even the fare of air-conditioned taxis, such as Cool Cabs, will be increased by 25 per cent,” said Sangitrao.
However, it is not yet clear whether private fleet cabs are included in this revised fare structure as the calculation procedure is different.
Even the autorickshaw fare hike got an approval in the MMRTA meeting. During Tuesday’s joint meeting, it was agreed in-principle that the base fare for autorickshaws will be increased by Rs 2 — from Rs 9 to Rs 11 — and the subsequent fare for every kilometre after the base distance will be hiked from Rs 5 to Rs 6.50 per km.
The revised tariff for autorickshaws will come into effect from Thursday, Transport Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil had announced.
5 held for damaging autos, threatening taxi driver
Five men were arrested on Wednesday in three separate incidents of vandalism and for threatening a taxi driver.
Two of the incidents took place at Andheri. Police arrested Arvindkumar Shaha and Anil Pande for allegedly breaking the windshields of two autorickshaws at Versova and AK Road.
In the third incident at Nagpada, three taxi drivers forced Matin Ansari to stop his cab and allegedly threatened him. Police booked the trio for allegedly threatening to kill Ansari for defying the strike call.