New Delhi: The Delhi Cabinet approved the revision of auto fares on Friday. The base fare will be Rs 25 for first 1.5 kilometres and the revised fare will be Rs 9.5/km. The waiting charges of 75 paise/minute will be applicable when the vehicle is stationary or stuck in traffic or even when it is moving very slowly.
With the increase in the existing auto-rickshaw fare in the city, there is an increase of 18.75 per cent overall. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said, “The revised charges will be implemented after the Transport Department’s notification.”
As per reports, the transport minister said the fare revision is not a reserved subject and there is no need for the approval of the Lieutenant Governor. The auto-rickshaw meters will be re-calibrated. The Delhi government appointed the fare revision committee in November 2018 and had recommended a fare hike. It was stated earlier by the 11-member panel, that the auto fare in the national capital may go up by as much as 14.3 per cent.
Prior to the revision of fares this year, the auto-rickshaw fare in Delhi were revised in 2016. In 2016, the dispensation led by Aam Aadmi Party had tried to change the auto fares. They, however, could not implement the changes after they faced resistance from auto-rickshaw unions, the report said. Reportedly, the Delhi government had to face stiff competition from app-based cab aggregators in 2016. The auto-rickshaw unions had earlier also said that the committee’s recommendation is not in sync with the promise that was made by the Delhi government last year.
There are nearly 98,000 registered auto-rickshaws in the national capital.