Autorickshaw drivers in the city held a demonstration demanding increase in the passenger fare in the wake of increase in the fuel price.
The demonstration was held under the aegis of the Coordination Committee of the Autorickshaw Drivers' Organisations from Dakshina Kannada.
The autorickshaw drivers pushed their vehicles from Hampankatta to the Nehru Maidan.
At the Maidan, Coordination Committee president Ali Hasan said there was a need to increase the minimum fare in the light of increase in the price of petrol and the liquefied petroleum gas. While the price of petrol was Rs. 70, the price of LPG has increased by 40 per cent.
Mr. Hasan said the last hike in the minimum fare was done when the price of petrol was Rs. 50. He said the drivers were feeling the heat with increase in the price of spare parts and tyres. Therefore, the Deputy Commissioner should increase the minimum fare by 40 per cent, he said. Five members of the committee went to the office of the Deputy Commissioner and submitted a memorandum.