New Delhi: Auto rickshaw ride in Delhi can make your pocket loss. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has approved the new rent slab on Monday. Kejriwal gave the approval after meeting with the representatives of various auto unions.
Although the Delhi government will constitute a committee which will take the approval of the State Transport Authority (STA) to implement the new fares. Kejriwal said that around 500 auto rickshaws in the capital will soon be able to charge 25 rupees for the first kilometer and after that 10 rupees for every extra kilometer.
The Delhi Cabinet had on 18 July, decided to hike the fares by up to 30 percent in view of an increase in prices of CNG in the last three years.
At present, the auto fare is 25 rupees for the first two kilometers and for every extra kilometer it is worth 8 rupees. With the new hike in rent, the rent will increase by 35% for a distance of 5 kilometers and the same rent will increase by up to 30% for a distance of 10 kilometers.
In the assembly elections of 2014 and 2015, these people had launched a big election campaign for the party. Traffic minister Kailash Gehlot has confirmed that the Delhi government has approved the increase in the rent while considering the fact of autorickshaw unions.
Gehlot said that the government will soon formally set up a committee and implement new fares. The process of formation of a committee has already begun. This committee will present its report within a month. After this, the proposed rent will be sent for final approval of the STA.
“A notification on the hike in auto and taxi fare could not be issued today. It is made clear that the new rates would come into effect only after issuance of the notification,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office said.
The fare for auto rickshaw was increased for the last time in May 2013.