Commuters will have to pay more for travel by auto-rickshaws and taxis from Thursday as the Delhi Government has allowed a 30 per cent increase in their fares. The hike, which has come after nearly three years, was announced on Wednesday in view of the fact that CNG prices have gone up by 40 per cent during this period.

According to the approved proposal, the minimum meter-down rate in respect of autos for a distance of two kilometres will go up from Rs.19 to Rs.25 and for every subsequent km it has been increased from Rs.6.50 to Rs.8. 

Similarly, the per km. rate in respect of black/yellow non-AC taxis will go up from Rs.11 to Rs.14 and for AC taxis from Rs.13 to Rs.16. 

The minimum meter-down rate in respect of taxis for a distance of one km will go up from Rs.20 to Rs. 25. No change has been allowed in respect of waiting charges for autos/taxis.

“A committee headed by Additional Commissioner (Transport) after going through all aspects including hike in various components like fuel cost, maintenance cost, etc. has recommended a reasonable hike in the rates. It has also taken into consideration the prevailing rates in other metro cities,” said a statement from the Delhi Government.  

There had been intense pressure from auto/taxi unions to revise the rates. They had been demanding a hike of between 50 and 100 per cent. 

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