Commuters in Mumbai will now have to pay a minimum fare of ₹21 & ₹25 for all CNG-run auto-rickshaws and taxis, respectively.
The base fare of all CNG-run public commute vehicles, taxis and autorickshaws has witnessed a hike of ₹3 in Mumbai. The decision was finalised in a meeting of the MMRTA last week, chaired by the State Transport Secretary. Effective from Monday, March 1, the minimum rate of travel has been hiked after 6 years in Mumbai and was long overdue, commented the State Transport Minister. Previously, a hike in the base fare was implemented on June 1, 2015.
Commuters have to shell out more to avail taxis, auto-rickshaws in Mumbai
A total of around 60,000 taxis and 4.6 lakh auto-rickshaws along with a few petrol-run vehicles facilitate public travel in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and all these will levy the increased fare now. Commuters covering a primary distance of 1.5 km here will now have to pay ₹21 instead of ₹18 for travel in auto-rickshaws and ₹25 as opposed to ₹22 taxi-fare of the past.
Additionally, passengers will be charged a tariff of ₹16.93 per km for taxis and ₹14.20 per km for auto-rickshaws, informed authorities. This increase in fare has been devised by a calculation formulated by the 4-member Khatua panel and it accounts for ₹2.09 per km for taxis and ₹2.01 for auto-rickshaws, officials stated.
Meanwhile, waiting charges for cabs and autos have also surged significantly, at the rate of 13% and 18% respectively. This will add to the total commute fair for Mumbai is infamous for its notorious traffic jams. Where the waiting period will surge from ₹1.20 per minute to ₹1.42 per minute for auto-rickshaws, taxis in the city will now implement a waiting charge of ₹1.70 per minute unlike the previous ₹1.50 per minute.