In a fresh order, the fares of Kaali-peeli and autos in Mumbai have been increased by Rs 3 across the Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) region.
According to the new fare, the base fare for auto-rickshaws will be Rs 21 instead of the earlier Rs 18. After that, the fare will increase by 14.20 paise on every kilometer. Similarly, for Taxis, the new base fare will be Rs 25, Rs 3 more than the previous base fare of Rs 22. After that, the fare will increase by Rs 18 per kilometer.
The new fares will be applicable from March 1, 2021. These fares had not been increased since 2015 and several taxi and auto drivers were suffering especially during the COVID-19 lockdown and with the ever-rising fuel prices in Mumbai.
According to a Times of India report, auto and taxi unions in Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai have welcomed the fare hike. “Now, with a hike, we can hope to come back to normal,” a driver was quoted as saying. The drivers have time till the month of June to get their meters changed.
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena’s youth wing on Monday put up hoardings at various petrol pumps in the city targeting the Centre over the rising fuel prices. The banners asked, ‘Yahi Hain Acche Din? The hoardings also showed a comparison of fuel prices in 2015 and 2021, wherein the year 2015, fuel prices ranged between Rs 50 to Rs 60 while in 2021, fuel prices have crossed Rs 90 in several states.
On Monday petrol prices in Mumbai stood at Rs 97.00, while diesel is selling for Rs 88.06.