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No need for auto fare hike: RTA

There will be no increase in auto fare in Pune,the Regional Transport Authority decided on Tuesday at a meeting at the collectorate.

There will be no increase in auto fare in Pune,the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) decided on Tuesday at a meeting at the collectorate. The meet was attended by district collector Vikas Deshmukh,DCP (Traffic) Manoj Patil and regional transport officer Chandrakant Kharatmal. Auto unions have threatened a strike to protest against the decision.

“We came to a decision that there will be no increase as the present fare is already on par with the norms charted out by the samiti. According to our assessment,the starting figure of Rs 11 for the first kilometre and Rs 9 for every subsequent kilometre stands unchanged. We will observe the price hike and then take a decision,’’ said RTA chairman Deshmukh.

Patil said guidelines of the Hakim Committee have been followed. “It is a scientific formula where after assessment,the figure comes to Rs 8.83. We are already at Rs 9 and therefore we have decided not to increase the amount,’’ said Patil.

Citing petrol hike,the auto unions have been pressing for a fare hike by at least Rs 2.

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Baba Shinde,a member of the auto union,said it is unfair on auto drivers as there is tremendous pressure on them due to the price hike. “Even after taking our opinions,the committee went ahead and decided against our demands,’’said Shinde. He pointed out that the Hakim Committee guidelines are outdated and even rules do not meet the existing costs.

“We should go on strike soon,’’ said Shinde adding that the RTA committee members are bureaucrats and a union member should be nominated to the committee.

Samrat Shinde,another auto union member,said the move is unfair. Vivek Velankar from Sajag Nagrik Manch welcomed the decision. “It is mandatory for rickshaws to follow conversion to CNG. With just 25 per cent done,the RTA should make it mandatory. They cannot thrust the expenses on the citizens,’’ said Velankar

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A meeting was organsied by the RTO on May 26 to discuss fare revision proposals after which the RTO prepared a draft taking the issues into account. According to the RTO,the city has around 44,680 autos of which around 11,400 autos have been converted to CNG and another 9,000 to LPG.

First published on: 01-06-2011 at 01:44:07 am
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