Auto fare goes up to ` 25 in Udupi

 Close on the heels of rise in autorickshaw fare in Mangalore, the autorickshaw drivers in Udupi too have increased the fare. Deputy Commissioner Dr M T Reju has given green signal to revise the autorickshaw fare to Rs 25 from the existing Rs 20 for a distance of 1.5 kilometer as minimum fare.

Speaking at the RTA meeting here on Wednesday, the Deputy Commissioner gave his consent to increase the additional running charge from Rs 14 to Rs 15. One and half charge will be applicable between 10 pm and 5 am as usual. The auto drivers are given the deadline of February 28 in order to adjust their meters to the revised fare.
Udupi Consumer Forum convener Damodhar Aithal said the hike in autorickshaw fare should not be a burden to the passengers.

The fare should be scientifically decided. Besides, it should be profitable to the auto-rickshaw drivers and owners following the increase in the price of petroleum products, he urged.

Autorickshaw Drivers and Owners’ Association (Karkala) Secretary Santhosh Rao demanded that the fare of autorickshaws should be hiked by Rs 3 in comparison with the fare in Mangalore as in Udupi in most cases, the hiring would be one sided.

Railway Yatri Sangha President R L Dais said there should be a 10 per cent increase in the autofare as it would be feasible for both the autorickshaw drivers and passengers.
Initially, the members of Autorickshaw Drivers’ and Owners Association have demanded an increase of Rs 8 from the existing minimum fare for 1.5 kilometer. They also demanded an increase in the additional running charge from the existing Rs 14 to Rs 18 per kilometer.

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