Increasing auto-fares in Delhi

Kashmir Times. Dated: 3/13/2019 1:46:24 PM

Dear Editor,
Delhi government is considering upward revision of auto-fares in Delhi but in unsystematic manner of rupees 9.50 per kilometre after rupees 25 for first 1.5 kilometre. But such irrational tariff will cause trouble because coins in paises are no more in circulation. Upward revision should be rational and such whereby auto-drivers may not refuse going by meter. Best is to have rupees 30 for first 2 kilometres and thereafter rupee one for every one-tenth of kilometre.
But increase in auto-fares should coincide with altogether removal of capping on number of auto-rickshaws in Delhi if necessary by approaching Court in this regard. This should be a pre-condition for increasing auto-fares because auto-drivers feel agitated on increasing number of auto-rickshaws. Such simultaneous steps of fare-increase and removal of capping on number of auto-rickshaws will induce more adequate number of auto-rickshaws in the city which will make auto-drivers moving according to fare-meter that too for any desired destination. Moreover all auto-rickshaws registered in Delhi should be given license to travel in complete National Capital Region (NCR) without requiring any special permit in this regard. Biggest advantage will be that at least middle-income group will then avoid use and purchase of cars easing road-traffic.
—Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775 Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk Delhi.



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