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Taxi and car fares in Delhi will soon be increased as Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot recently endorsed the recommendations of the fare review committee. The final decision will be taken by the cabinet led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“I endorsed the recommendation of the auto rate review board and asked the ministry to put the cabinet note so government approval can be taken,” Gahlot said. “The comments from the legal and urban planning departments have arrived. Comments from the finance department are awaited.

The panel of experts submitted its tariff review recommendations in May. For three-wheelers, the metered rate will be 30 for 1.5km of 25 currently. After that, every kilometer will cost 11 against the current rate of 9.50.

For taxis, meter charges are likely to increase to 40 from 25 for 2km. The rate per kilometer after that for non-air-conditioned taxis can increase up to 17 of 14, when it would be 20 from 16 for air-conditioned taxis.

Auto fares were last revised in 2019. Taxi fares were last revised in 2013.

Unions of motorists and taxi drivers are calling for an increase, as rising fuel prices in recent years have pushed up operating costs. The Delhi government on April 15 formed a committee to look into the tariff review after unions warned of a strike. The committee included representatives of automobile and taxi unions, officials from the Ministry of Transport and commuters as members.

Since taxi aggregators like Ola and Uber don’t fall under the city’s premiere taxi and auto program, they aren’t required to follow government-set fares, according to an official from the city. transportation department. “The Delhi government is working on a Delhi aggregator scheme, which is designed to regulate taxi aggregators,” he said, wishing to remain anonymous. “The plan has not yet been prepared.”

In April, Uber raised fares by 12% in the National Capital Region, citing rising fuel prices and driver demands. Wow, meanwhile, did not comment on the hike in its rates.

The government should immediately give cabinet approval to the committee’s recommendations to raise tariffs, said Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh.

“It has been four months since the committee recommended the hike. CNG prices have nearly doubled since 2019, making life difficult for the nation’s capital’s 90,000 motorists,” Soni said. “Government should subsidize CNG and provide CNG to 35 per kg for motorists or increase the tariff immediately.

“There are around 10,000 kali-pilli taxis in the nation’s capital, and on these vehicles thousands of families depend for their livelihood,” said Kamaljit Gill, chairman of Delhi’s Sarvodaya Drivers Association. “The high levels of CNG have affected the incomes of these drivers, and it has become difficult for them to support their families.”

The move to raise car and taxi fares could also bring political benefits to the ruling Aam Aadmi party, which is campaigning to project itself as an alternative in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh heading to the polls later this year. Since its inception in 2012, the AAP has relied on motorists in Delhi and elsewhere as a support group for the party. Kejriwal recently dined at a motorist’s residence in Ahmedabad to attract the confidence and faith of motorists in that state.

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