Taxi rides will cost more from March 18 midnight as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Transport Authority (MMRTA) on Tuesday approved an increase in fares, from Rs16 to Rs17 for the first 1.6km. For every additional kilometre, the fare has been hiked by 50 paise, from Rs10 to Rs10.50.
Auto fares will remain the same.
“Autorickshaw fare hike was discussed, but their cost per kilometre has increased by just 10-15 paise. A hike is enforced only if the overall increase in cost of driving the vehicle rises above 50 paise,” said a transport official.
Following the decision, the Mumbai Taximen Union led by AL Quadros has withdrawn the May 19 taxi strike. “However, we are not happy with the Re1 hike,” said Quadros, whose union had been demanding a Rs2 hike in basic fare.
The Mumbai Autorickshaw-men Union, on the other hand, will go ahead with an indefinite strike from April 16. “We are firm on our demand that auto fare in Maharashtra should be brought on a par with other states,” said Shashank Rao, assistant general secretary of the auto union.
HT had reported on March 1 that there would be a Re1 hike in taxi fare, and none for autos.