Mumbai autorickshawmen's union headed by Sharad Rao is at it, yet again. Dissatisfied with the recent 50 paise hike in autorickshaw fare, which is based on the recommendations of the Hakkim Committee report and will be applicable from October 17, the union now wants another revision in the fares, but based on the Patankar Committee report.
Union leaders will meet the state transport commissioner VN More on Friday to discuss an amicable solution.
According to the recent hike, the basic fare of Rs 11 for 1.6 km will remain unchanged, but you will have to pay Rs 7 instead of the earlier Rs 6.5 for every subsequent km.
"We don't consider this fare hike as none of the unions were consulted and the amount is not enough," said Rao, union's assistant general secretary and Sharad Rao's son.
The union is demanding to devise the fare structure based on the Patankar Committee report issued in 1993. The union contends that while the Hakkim Committee's report focuses on taxi fare, the Patankar report focuses only on autos.