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Panel hints at different formula for city, rest of state

There will be a different formula for deciding auto and taxi fare in Mumbai and the rest of the state, the government-appointed committee on tariff calculation hinted on Wednesday.

mumbai Updated: Apr 26, 2012 02:28 IST
Kailash Korde

There will be a different formula for deciding auto and taxi fare in Mumbai and the rest of the state, the government-appointed committee on tariff calculation hinted on Wednesday.

Considering business conditions and other factors of taxi and auto trade, there would be separate formula for vehicles run on CNG and petrol, said PMA Hakeem, who heads the committee.

Hakeem hinted that there can't be a single formula as has been the case so far. "We cannot have a uniform formula for the entire state," he said, adding that in Mumbai, autos ply in shifts while in other parts autos run in a single shift. Even conditions like distance travelled and that without fare are different.

Auto unions from various regions in the state including Mumbai and Thane made representations to Hakim at transport commissioner's office on Wednesday.

"More than 100 representatives of various auto unions submitted and conveyed their demands and grievances to Hakim," said a senior transport department officer.

The committee, under the chairmanship of Hakeem, first devised the formula to fix taxi fare in 1996. But he feels there is now need for review. "Technology has changed a lot in last 15 years. At that time, there was no CNG fuel, but now all these vehicles run on it. Earlier, the option was Premier Padmini for taxis, but now there are various models. Fuel and vehicle cost has gone up," he said.

Mentioning the importance of the formula, Hakeem said: "The formula must be fair to both the passengers and drivers, and easy to apply."

He hinted that some parameters will be reviewed, but the overall structure will remain the same. At present, factors like cost of living, cost of vehicle, fuel cost, tax burden and maintenance, are considered. Hakim also specified that the committee will stick to its terms and references and won't consider other demands of unions, and will try to finalise its report in three months.