Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
Auto rickshaw fares in the state have been hiked by 25 percent. The minimum fare would now be Rs.15 instead of the present Rs.12.
Accordingly, the minimum fare for first 1.2 km is raised from Rs12 to Rs15. The incremental fare for every 200 metres has also been raised from Rs1.6 to Rs2.0. For one-way journey outside the municipal and cantonment limits, fares can be charged at 1.5 times the rates prescribed. In case of a return journey for destinations outside the municipal and contiguous cantonment limits, no additional fares can be charged. However, there is no rise in waiting charges and luggage charges.
There are close to eight lakh rickshaw drivers in the state and they have been pressing for the revision of rates. Gujarat Rajya Autorickshaw Drivers Action Committee has welcomed the move. “We have been demanding a rate revision for past four years. Meanwhile, the cost of fuel, other operating cost and price of necessary items for a living have also increased,” according to official of the committee.
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