New Delhi, April 14: For the first time after 2013, Delhi Auto-rickshaw fares may go up as the National Capital’s Government is planning to revise the auto-rickshaw fares. A committee is also being formed by the state transport ministry to decide on the auto fares.
According to a report by Times of India, Delhi Transport Minister, Kailash Gahlot told “The department is also forming a committee to decide on the revision of auto fares and the auto fares were last hiked in 2013″.
As per the report, Apart from Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS), the committee will also have officials from the department of finance who will decide on the revision auto-rickshaw fares. The above said committee will revise the structure keeping in mind inflations, the rise in fuel price and the cost of maintenance of auto-rickshaws.
Keeping in mind the rise in the CNG fuels, cost maintenance management and so on, the government hiked the auto-rickshaw fares by 25 percent in the year 2013. The fair was hiked from Rs19 to Rs 25 for the first two kilometres (km) and Rs 6.5 from Rs 8 was increased for every subsequent distance (in km).
A group of senior transport officers on Wednesday conducted a meeting with the representatives of auto-rickshaw unions to discuss the fare revision. “We are discussing on the fare hike with the officials. In the last five years, everything has become very expensive from CNG prices to spare parts, maintenance charge, servicing and so on,” reportedly said a representative of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh.
However, as reportedly not all autorickshaw unions are coming forward in support of fare hike. “Many problems we drivers are facing. The fare hike will not help everyone. It will only help the app based caps”, reports.