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Per-km auto fare to be 9 from Aug 1

Last updated: 26 July, 2010
Bangalore:July 26, DHNS: 1:11 IST

Succumbing to demands from autorickshaw unions, the State Government on Monday agreed to hike the existing per-km fare from Rs 7 to Rs 9. However, the minimum fare will remain Rs 17.

The new fare, which will come into effect from August 1, is on the higher side when compared to that in other metro cities.

The decision comes within a week after the minimum fare was set to be Rs 17 with Rs 8.50 for every kilometre thereafter, an upward revision of Rs 1.50 per km.

Not satisfied with the proposed hike, over 70,000 autorickshaw drivers had threatened to launch an indefinite strike in the City from August 1. The unions had said they would continue the strike untill the minimum fare was not increased to Rs 20.

At a meeting with Transport Minister R Ashok on Monday, the autorickshaw unions arrived at a consensus to retain the minimum fare at Rs 17. But every kilometre thereafter will cost Rs 9.

Ashok said the auto unions have been told that electronic meters would be made mandatory soon. “We will soon issue orders and fix a time-frame for all autorickshaws to switch over to electronic meters,” Ashok said. He said the government was also contemplating opening a toll-free helpline for registering complaints against auto drivers who demand more or misbehave with commuters. Complaints against meter tampering will also be registered.

“It will be a centralised system. If repeated complaints are registered against any driver, his licence will be suspended with immediate effect and strict action initiated,” the minister said.
The government will launch a drive to seize unauthorised autos plying on City roads.
DH News Service

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