Auto, taxi fares may go up in Delhi this week

Amid rising fuel prices, the Delhi government may revise auto-rickshaw and taxi fares this week. A Delhi government committee set up to revise fares may recommend raising auto and taxi prices in line with rising CNG prices.

However, some auto and taxi unions have expressed concern and said it would tighten competition with cab aggregators who ride at subsidized rates. They shared their concerns with the panel.

The committee has been working for the last two weeks to understand the demands and expectations of the drivers. The committee may finalize their report by the end of this week.

A source told PTI that the deadline for submitting the report is coming to an end this week. The report will first go to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and then to the Cabinet for approval. “The committee may finalize its report in the next two days. The committee has held two meetings. It is likely to recommend a fare increase commensurate with the price of CNG. The committee has also taken into consideration the concerns of the autorickshaw union,” the source said.

Special Commissioner (State Transport Authority) headed by Fare Amendment Committee. Other members of the panel include the Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Controller of Accounts, two nominated District Transport Officers and a technical expert. The committee also includes members of civil society, including representatives of the Residential Welfare Association, passengers and students.

CNG prices were hiked by Tk 2 per kg in the national capital on Sunday, the 12th increase in two months. The price of one kg of CNG has now risen from Rs 73.61 per kg to Rs 71.61 per kg, according to Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), a firm that retails CNG and piped cooking gas in the national capital and surrounding cities.

(With PTI input)

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