NEW DELHI: The revised autorickshaw fares in Delhi are likely to kick in by month-end.
The Delhi cabinet had on March 8 approved the proposal to hike the autorickshaw fares from the existing Rs 8 per kilometre to Rs 9.50, and keep the base fare at Rs 25 for the first one-and-half kilometres instead of the existing two kilometres.
Though the cabinet had approved the new fare structure in March, the government had said that the new rates would not apply immediately. The transport department first has to notify the new plan, following which calibration of fare metres in autorickshaws will start and they will be allowed to charge the hiked fare only after getting their fare metres adjusted.
“The autorickshaw fare couldn’t be notified because the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections came into effect. The transport minister has now written to the commissioner, reminding him that the revised fare should be notified as soon as the code of conduct is lifted,” an official said, adding that according to some senior officials, the decision first has to be approved by the lieutenant governor.
“The government feels that the LG’s nod is not required, but some senior officials are of the view that it would need his approval,” the official claimed.
A government-appointed nine-member committee, which was formed to make recommendations for the fare revision of autorickshaws and other modes of transport, studied the existing rates in Mumbai and also considered the rising fuel and maintenance cost and inflation before finalising the new rates. The committee was headed by special commissioner (transport), Anil Banka, and comprised other senior officials of the transport department as well as the representatives of different Residents Welfare Associations of Delhi and student community.
According to the proposal, the fare of taxis, Gramin Sewa and RTVs is also expected to be revised once it is notified for the autorickshaws.
In 2013, Delhi government had hiked autorickshaws fares by 25% keeping in view the increase in prices of CNG, spare parts, etc. The base fare was raised from Rs 19 for the first two kilometres to Rs 25. The rate for every subsequent kilometre was raised from Rs 6.5 to Rs 8.
While the fares of autorickshaws and taxis were hiked in 2013, those for Gramin Sewa and Phatphat Sewa vehicles were last raised in 2009. They still have a fare slab that ranges between Rs 5 and Rs 15.
Source: Economic Times