A Delhi government committee tasked with revising fares for auto-rickshaws and taxis has recommended a proportional increase in fares for CNG prices in the national capital, sources told PTI.
The development comes after some auto and taxi union panels shared their concerns about the sharp rise in CNG prices, saying it would tighten their competition with cab aggregators who offer rides at subsidized rates. Amid rising fuel prices, the Delhi government last month formed a committee to revise auto-rickshaw and taxi fares. The committee may finalize their report by the end of this week.
Some members of the government panel have been traveling in taxis and autos for the last two weeks to understand the demands and expectations of the drivers.
“For the last 15 days, officials have been traveling in auto-rickshaws and taxis in Delhi to know the demands of drivers and their expectations from the fare revision practice.
“This is being done to get their views on rent revision since they are the main stakeholders,” a source said.
The deadline for submission of the report expired this week, the source said, adding that the report would be submitted to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot and then go to the cabinet for approval. “The committee can finalize its report in the next two days. . The committee has held two meetings. It may recommend a fare increase in proportion to the price of CNG. The committee also took into account 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 civil welfare associations, 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 now stands at Rs 73.61, up from Rs 71.61 per kg, according to data posted on the Indraprastha Gas (IGL) website, a firm that retails CNG and piped cooking gas in the national capital and surrounding cities.