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mumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2010 02:02 IST

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‘Economics of running a cab has collapsed’

Anthony L. Quadros, General Secretary, Mumbai Taximen’s Union

On the demand for a hike in tariff after the recent rise in CNG prices by Rs 7 per unit
We met transport secretary C.S. Sangitrao on Thursday morning and were told that the government has organised a meeting of all stakeholders on Tuesday. We have decided to wait till then before taking any decisions.

On the new fare structure proposed
We have submitted a proposal asking that the state increase the minimum fare for black-and-yellow cabs from Rs 14 to Rs 16 and from Rs 9 to Rs 11 per additional km. For Cool Cabs, we have asked for a raise from Rs 17.50 to Rs 20 in minimum fare and a hike from Rs 11 to Rs 14 per additional km. If the fares are not hiked on June 22, we will be forced to go on strike.

On individual taxi drivers overcharging commuters
Please understand that, with the CNG hike, the entire economics of running a cab has suddenly collapsed. We have instructed drivers to restrict any hike or overcharging. But the collective losses over the next five days will be in the lakhs of rupees. For now, we have no option but to bear it.


‘We will keep commuters’ interests in mind’

Dilip Jadhav, State Transport Commissioner

On the demand for a hike in tariff after the recent rise in CNG prices by Rs 7 per unit
We will meet representatives of the taxi and autorickshaw unions before taking a decision on tariffs. We will consider all factors, including the rise in CNG prices, and will look into demands made by both unions.

On individual taxi drivers overcharging commuters, saying the state should have had a new fare structure ready
The government has to take commuters’ interests into account before making a decision. Any fare hike would involve a lot of calculation and we could not rush just because CNG prices had been upped.

On the threat of an auto, taxi strike on June 22.
We will first have a thorough discussion and then take a decision on the hike.

On plans for a uniform tariff plan for rickshaws across the state
We have submitted a detailed report on this to the government. But before finalising a uniform tariff, we will have to consider factors like whether the standard fare can be paid by people in rural areas and urban areas alike.