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Commuters will have to pay one rupee more for every kilometre in autorikshaws,with the Regional Transport Authority giving green signal to the hike in rickshaw fares. RTA chairman Vikas Deshmukh,who announced the decision on Tuesday,attributed it to the rise in fuel prices.

Commuters will have to pay one rupee more for every kilometre in autorikshaws,with the Regional Transport Authority giving green signal to the hike in rickshaw fares. RTA chairman Vikas Deshmukh,who announced the decision on Tuesday,attributed it to the rise in fuel prices.

The earlier fares were Rs 11 for the first km and Rs 9 for every subsequent km and now,commuters will have to give Rs 10 for every subsequent km. Deshmukh said there was no revision for the first km. Petrol prices had gone up by Rs 5.50 in May 2011 and then by Rs 3.15 in September 2011,and since then the auto rickshaw unions have been demanding a hike.

The RTA chairman has directed auto drivers to put up the new rates in their rickshaws as well as wear badges and the prescribed uniform on duty. The RTA meeting also discussed sealing of auto meters and getting them checked on a timely basis.

Regional Transport Officer Arun Yeola said the last hike was done on February 18 this year. “This increase now comes after nine months,owing to increase in fuel prices that we have seen over the last few months.”

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Autorickshaw unions have welcomed the decision. Nitin Pawar of the Rickshaw Panchayat said the fares were the same after the recent petrol price hikes. “The district collector had,after a meeting on May 31,decided that there was no need for fare hike on the basis on the Hakim Committee formula,which does not take into account smaller cities like Pune. So we protested and demanded for a fair fare hike. The matter got delayed due to the model code of conduct for Khadakwasla byelection. Though the decision is late,we welcome it.”

He said a permanent solution was needed for the petrol price hike problem and the CNG option needs to be considered. “With repeated fare hikes,we’re losing out on passengers each day,” he said.

Baba Shinde of the Pune City Autorickshaw Federation stressed the need to increase CNG outlets in the city. He said many rickshaws are still running on petrol only because of the unavailibility of adequate number of outlets.

First published on: 03-11-2011 at 03:04:51 am
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