Delhi government likely to increase auto and taxi fares


New Delhi: The Delhi government is planning to changes the fares of auto rickshaws and yellow-black taxis in the Capital. The four-member committee of the Department of Transportation will soon submit its report to the government.

The final decision whether the rent should be increase or not will be taken by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The fares had been last revised by the then Sheila Dikshit government in May 2013.

At present, the base fare for autos is Rs.25 for the first two kilometres, while for every subsequent kilometre travellers have to pay Rs.8.

Those choosing yellow-black taxis for travel have to pay Rs.25 for the first kilometre. The charges for every subsequent kilometre are Rs.14 for non-AC taxis and Rs.16 for AC taxis.

There are currently about 80,000 auto rickshaws and 12,000 yellow-black taxis plying on the capital's roads.

Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Autorickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union, said since May 2013, there has been an increase in prices of CNG, spare parts, insurance and cost of labour. "We have been demanding revision in fares of autos and yellow-black taxis for a long time. If the government doesn't want to increase fares, it should then give us a subsidy of Rs.6 on per kg of CNG," Soni said.