Mumbai will face a Rs 1 hike in autorickshaw and taxi fares, tentatively from June 1, 2015.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) cleared the fare revision on Monday. The transport authorities will submit the revised fare to the Bombay high court for its nod. “The MMRTA has taken a decision on fare revision of autos and taxis, which will be submitted to the Bombay high court. Following its order, the hike is likely to come into effect from June 1, 2015,” said Gautam Chatterjee, transport secretary.
This is the second fare revision for autorickshaws and taxis in less than a year. The last revision was in August 2014 — auto fare had increased from Rs 15 to Rs 17 and taxi fare had gone up from Rs 19 to Rs 21.
The fare hike will affect both long and short-distance commuters across Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
With this tariff revision, the basic fare for compressed natural gas (CNG)-run autorickshaws and taxis will go up from Rs 17 to Rs 18 and Rs 21 to Rs 22, respectively for a minimum distance of 1.5km.
The hike per subsequent km will go up from the existing Rs 11.33 to Rs 12.18 for CNG autorickshaws and Rs 13.96 to Rs 14.84 a km for taxis.
While for petrol autorickshaws, the fare will increase from a minimum of Rs 19 to Rs 20 for 1.5km. Even cool cabs fares will go up by Rs 2. It will now be Rs 28 instead of Rs 26 for 1.5km and Rs 19 instead of the current Rs 17 per subsequent km.
Consumer activists are irked with the decision.
“We have challenged the Hakim committee report in the high court on the basis of which this fare revision has been announced. The matter is pending in the high court and in such circumstances simply by announcing the fare revision to pacify certain unions, the government is running away from its responsibility towards consumers,” said Varsha Raut, member of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP).
Though the fare revision is likely to come into effect from June 1, the autorickshaw and taxi drivers will be allowed to charge commuters only after their meters are recalibrated.
The legal metrology organisation (LMO) under the food, civil supplies and consumer protection department, Maharashtra has authorised the city’s taxi and autorickshaw unions to undertake recalibration.
“We have licensed the city’s taxi and autorickshaw unions to undertake the recalibrations from repairs. Besides, we will also seek help from government polytechnic colleges and the national test house to undertake the recalibration speedily and efficiently,” said Sanjay Pandey, controller of legal metrology organisation (LMO).
The city has 40,000 taxis and over 1.05 lakh autorickshaws across the eastern and western suburbs.