Public transport in Delhi is the lifeline of our everyday commute. Life without the buses, rickshaws, e-rickshaws, autos and metro seems a very-very difficult life and we would rather not imagine how hard the commute would get. Though, the metro truly connects every single corner of the city, there are places which can only be reached via hired auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.
Beware, travelling via auto rickshaws will become more expensive, 19% more expensive to be exact. Starting today, the commuters in national capital will have to shell out ₹1.5 more per kilometer.
The news is not a welcome one, since a lot of commuters have to depend on the autos to provide the last mile connectivity and start as well as end their everyday commute. The fare hike would directly mean that the travel budget of people in Delhi is going to be in shambles.
Not just that, the meter down charge and kilometer limit has also been changed from ₹25 for 2 kilometers to ₹25 for 1.5 kilometers.
Which means that after 1.5 kilometers, commuters will now have to pay ₹9.5 instead of earlier ₹8.
According to reports, the fare meters have not been changed to calculate the new imposed fare. Officials believe that it will take at-least 1.5 to 2 months for the meters to be readjusted to calculate the new fare. Until then, people will have to calculate their trip cost manually.
Plus, if you make your auto driver wait after you have reserved the auto rickshaw, a waiting charge of ₹0.75 will be levied on you. This charge is much alike the waiting charge that is generally levied by ola uber or other cab drivers.