Autorickshaw fares hiked in Bengaluru

Different autorickshaw unions have been demanding a fare hike citing higher operational costs.   | Photo Credit: File photo

Travelling by an autorickshaw will be more expensive as the minimum fare has been hiked to ₹30 from ₹25 for the first 2 kilometres with effect from December 1.

From thereon, the journey will cost ₹15 per km. At present, ₹13 is charged for every kilometre after the basic fare. The night fare — between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. — will be the new minimum fare plus half of that.

The waiting fare after the first five minutes will be ₹5 per 15 minutes, and the luggage fare will be free up to 20 kg, and ₹5 per 20 kg over that. The maximum luggage weight is 50 kg. Auto drivers have been directed to re-calibrate their digital meters as per the revised fare by February 2022. Till then they have to display a chart of the revised fare and collect applicable fare.

Bengaluru Urban District DC J. Manjunatha, who is the Chairman, Regional Transport Authority, said the last revision was done in 2013. “Various auto unions have been requesting us to revise the fare. An autorickshaw used to cost ₹1.20 lakh, but the price has crossed over ₹2 lakh now. In addition to that, expenditure on spare parts, insurance amount, auto registration and others have increased. We have considered various factors while revising the fare. Consultation was done with various stakeholders, including auto commuters, before announcing the revision in the fare,” he said.

Some unions unhappy

However, some auto unions are not happy with the revised fare. C.N. Sreenivas , General Secretary of the auto union affiliated to CITU said, “We had asked for ₹18 per kilometre, but the authorities have fixed it at ₹15. We expected that they would fix at least ₹16 per kilometre. All the expenses, starting from fuel, spare parts, rent, hotel food, everything has increased. We are not happy with the revision. On Tuesday, our auto union will stage a protest at the DC’s office to consider our demand.”

There are more than 1.75 lakh autorickshaws plying in the city.

Commuters rue hike

On the other hand, commuters, who are already reeling under the burden of price rise, are also unhappy. Anupama, who regularly uses an auto to reach S.V. Road metro station, said, “Increased auto fare will definitely impact passengers. Every thing is becoming expensive. I use auto to travel a distance of 7 km, and as per the revised fare, I will be paying an extra ₹15.”

Rajashekar, another commuter, added: “Instead of hiking the fare, the government should have lowered prices of LPG. It would have been more beneficial for the auto drivers,” he said.

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