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In Delhi, travelling in autos and taxis could become more expensive in case, the government accepts the recommendations of a fare revision committee. The committee recently proposed an increase in tariffs.

Re 1 hike per kilometre has been suggested for three-wheelers and a hike of up to 60 per cent in fare of taxis, sources said. 

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, amid rising fuel prices, the Delhi government had last month set up a committee to revise the fare of autos and taxis. The cabinet will now discuss the recommendations of the report.

According to sources, some auto unions had shared their concerns with the committee over the implication of a steep hike in the auto fares.

They contended that a steep rise in auto fares will stiffen their competition with cab aggregators, who offer rides at subsidised rates.

"The fare hike for auto-rickshaws had happened in 2019. A section of auto-rickshaw unions had instead said they be given CNG subsidy instead of hike in fare.

“However, CNG subsidy cannot be provided by the Delhi government," a source, in the know about the development, said.

The current ‘metre down’ charge for autos is 25, and 9.50 per/km after the first 1.5 kilometre. The night charge - imposed between 11 pm and 5 am -- is 25 per cent above these rates.

Sources said that the taxi fares were last revised in 2013 and the committee took into consideration the hike in CNG prices over these nine years and the increase in prices of spare parts of the vehicles.

Commuters are charged 25 for the first kilometer with 15.50 for every subsequent kilometer for non-AC taxis, and 16.50 for AC taxis. The revised fares will be applicable to both, the radio taxis and ‘kaali peeli’ taxis.

 

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