With prices of Petrol and diesel skyrocketing along with LPG cylinders, now CNG-driven auto and taxi fares have also gone up in Mumbai. CNG-run auto and taxi fares have been hiked by at least Rs 3 in India’s financial capital. The increased fares of autos and taxis have come into effect from today.
Auto-Taxi fares hiked in Mumbai
Around 60,000 taxis and 4.6 lakh auto rickshaws reside in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. According to RTO, the minimum fare for a distance of 1.5 kilometers in taxis has now been increased from Rs 22 to Rs 25. The minimum fare for auto-rickshaws has been increased from Rs 18 to Rs 21.
Minimum fare increased by Rs 3
After a minimum distance of 1.5 kilometers, passengers will have to pay Rs 16.93 per kilometer for taxis while in auto-rickshaws they will have to pay Rs 14.20 per kilometer. The decision to increase taxi and auto-rickshaw fares to a minimum of Rs 3 was taken at a meeting of the Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Region Authority (MMRTA) led by the Maharashtra Chief Transport Secretary last week.
The last time the fare was extended on June 1, 2015. Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parb said last week that auto and taxi fares are being hiked after six years. It was long pending. Drivers driving taxis and autos will also have to install electronic fare meters in their trains by March 31.
The price of LPG Cylinder also increases from today
March 1 has started with a major trouble for the common man, with the price of domestic LPG price rising by Rs 25 per cylinder. LPG cylinders were hiked 3 times in February last month, with the cylinder becoming dearer by Rs 100 in February alone. With today’s hike price has increased by Rs 125 in just 26 days.
The non-subsidised LPG cylinder in Delhi has now become costlier by Rs 25 to Rs 819, earlier it was Rs 794. Similarly, in Mumbai, LPG cylinders will have to pay Rs 819. Kolkata will have to pay the highest Rs 845.50 for LPG cylinders; customers will have to pay Rs 835 for LPG cylinders in Chennai.