Travelling in taxis, rickshaws to get costlier from October 1

Mumbai: Mumbaikars must shell out extra from Oct 1 to journey in black-and-yellow (‘kaali-peeli’) taxis and auto-rickshaws. The state Transport Division has agreed to boost the minimal fares of taxis by Rs3 and auto-rickshaws by Rs2 from that date.

The prevailing minimal fare for taxicabs is Rs 25 whereas it’s Rs 21 for auto-rickshaws. The brand new minimal fares shall be Rs 28 and Rs 23, respectively.

Anthony Quadros, chief of the Mumbai Taximen’s Union (MTU), mentioned, “The state authorities agreed for a revision within the fare of taxies and auto-rickshaws on Friday after approval from the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (MMRTA).”

Mumbai Autorickshaw Males’s Union chief Thampy Kurian, who additionally attended the assembly, mentioned, “Transport Division officers mentioned the choice shall be accredited by the MMRTA on Monday and carried out from Oct 1.”

No Transport Division official was prepared to substantiate the event. However sources mentioned the state Business Minister had agreed to revise the fares at a gathering with the unions.

Earlier on Wednesday, the MTU had referred to as for an indefinite strike from Sep 26. The union has now withdrawn the strike.

Taxi and auto-rickshaw operators welcomed the choice. They mentioned whereas it was not sufficient, it was useful. “The worth of CNG has gone up by greater than Rs30 over the previous 12 months, therefore we had been hoping for a minimal enhance of Rs5, but it surely’s okay,” mentioned Ramesh Singh (49) who has been driving a taxi for the previous 20 years.

Auto-rickshaw driver Devendra Yadav from Santa Cruz mentioned, “It is good to listen to that the minimal fare has lastly been revised.”

The fares had been final elevated in Mar 2021 when the minimal fare for cabs was raised to Rs25 from Rs22 and auto-rickshaws to Rs21 from Rs18. The Mumbai metropolitan area has round 60,000 taxis and 5,00,000 auto-rickshaws, together with some petrol-run autos.

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