Unhappy with recent fare hike, prepaid airport taxi drivers call for price review


Taxi unions operating from Mumbai airport to domestic and international terminals are unhappy with the recent fare hike and have called for a further hike. They claim that in the past 6 years or more, they had not seen a price hike for prepaid taxi operators until August of this year, but they only got a hike of Rs 8 since 2015.

On December 3, they wrote a letter to Transport Minister Anil Parab about it. The request was made even as the new Omicron variant of the Corona virus has become a matter of concern to authorities. In the letter written by the Mumbai Airport Taxi Riksha Union, they called on the government of Maharashtra to consider raising the rates for prepaid taxis.

They also asked to revise the range of distance traveled by these prepaid taxis from Terminals 1 and 2 of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. Currently the base rate up to 4 km is Rs 85, 4.1 to 6 km is Rs 122, 6.1 to 8 km is Rs 163, 8.1 to 10 km is Rs 203 and and so on. In 2015, the base rates were Rs 77 for the first 4 kilometers.

“There is a need to further revise the tariffs in view of the rising prices of CNG and gasoline / diesel. There are around 1,500 black and yellow taxis operating on prepaid routes from Mumbai Airport to domestic and international terminals, ”said Kanhaiya Singh, president of Mumbai Airport Taxi Riksha Union.

According to the unions, there are around 1,500 black and yellow taxis operating from Mumbai airport. Of these, around 700-900 taxis are parked at the international terminal and another 500-600 taxis carry passengers arriving at the domestic terminal. Unions claim that in the last 2 months or so, business has been normalizing, but the situation could hit them given the fear of Omicron.

The FPJ reported on Monday that the airport taxi unions had asked the authorities to disinfect their taxis and also to check the drivers. Mumbai Airport has revised the rates for rapid PCR tests to Rs 3,900 from previous Rs 4,500. Passengers must undergo a mandatory RT-PCR test upon arrival and must wait for their test results before departing or taking a connecting flight.

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Posted on: Tuesday December 07th, 2021 07:29 IST


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