Sun. Oct 20th, 2019

Delhi: Your auto travel is set to get costlier

Image result for Delhi: Your auto travel is set to get costlierNEW DELHI: Still reeling from the fare hike of Delhi Metro, which was almost doubled in 2017, Delhiites will soon have to shell out more for traveling in autorickshaws, grameen sewa vehicles and metro feeder buses.
In November 2018, Delhi government had constituted a nine-member committee to make recommendations for fare revision of autorickshaws and other modes of transport. It was asked to submit its report by December 15.

The panel was expected to not only recommend a fare revision keeping in mind the rising fuel and maintenance cost, but also the time spent by autos while being stuck in traffic jams. “We are yet to get the recommendations of the committee. Most probably the file will be put up on Monday. Post that, the government will take a call (on fare revision),” state transport minister Kailash Gahlot told TOI.

“There have been a few meetings of the committee members since November and there was a lot of deliberation on the issue of raising the autorickshaw fare from the present Rs 8 per kilometre to Rs 10,” said a member of the committee. The final report is yet to be finalised and the per kilometre fare of autorickshaws can be between Rs 9 and Rs 10, he added.

A decision on the fare revision of other modes of transport such as grameen sewa, phat phat sewa, etc, will also be taken by the committee. Headed by special commissioner (transport) Anil Banka, the committee comprises other senior officials of the transport department, representatives of different RWAs and a representative from the student community.

In 2013, the government had hiked the fares of autorickshaws 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 2km to Rs 25 and the fare for every subsequent kilometre was raised from Rs 6.5 to Rs 8. While the government is trying to revise fares, autorickshaw unions are divided on the issue. Some favour a hike, others feel it will result in more commuters shifting to app-based cabs.