Auto-taxi Fare Hike: Metro Travel Costlier, Bus Cheapest, Rs 65 Will Have To Be Paid In Auto For Five Km Journey

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In Delhi, if you travel in metro and have to take auto or taxi to go from the station to the last destination, then you will have to shell out more in auto and taxi than in metro. For traveling the same distance of five km on an average by all the three modes of transport, the auto will cost twice as much as the metro, while the taxi will cost three times as much. Even after this, there will be no guarantee of reaching your destination on time in the traffic of Delhi via road. Amidst all this, buses will still prove to be the cheapest mode of travel in Delhi.

The increase in auto-taxi fares by the Delhi government will further increase the financial burden on the passengers as well as the drivers as the transport services become costlier. For a journey of about five kilometers, the metro will cost Rs 30, while auto will cost Rs 65 and non-AC taxi will cost more than Rs 100. If traveling in a normal bus of DTC or cluster then Rs 10 while for AC buses one has to spend Rs 15 for traveling this distance. Means the fare will be two and a half to three times more in metro, four times in auto while up to six times in taxi.

Expenses on different transport services

  • Metro 5 to 12 km – Rs 30
  • 5 km in auto – Rs 65
  • Taxi – more than Rs 100
  • Bus-Non AC-10, AC-15 Rs
Drivers are demanding increase in subsidy from the beginning, cab companies benefit

Rajendra Soni, general secretary of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Union, said that since the beginning, the drivers have been demanding to increase the subsidy on CNG. Due to the increase in the fares of only black-yellow taxis and autos, passengers will not be able to travel even from railways and airports. They will get a chance to travel in app-based taxis at low fares. The government has ignored the interests of private taxi drivers.

Drivers’ earnings will be affected
Kishan Verma, president of All Delhi Auto Taxi Transport Congress, has termed the increase in fare as a conspiracy of the government. He said that the fare has been increased at the behest of app based cab companies. Instead of increasing the subsidy in CNG, increasing the fare will further reduce the earnings of the drivers. After the Corona period, travelers want to spend less first. The decrease in the number of passengers due to increase in fare will affect the earnings of the drivers.

Drivers will get relief from the increase in auto fares. But with the increase in rent, the government should give subsidy on the cost of revising the meter or the companies should do it free of cost. Revising the rental rates in one meter costs around Rs 600.

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In Delhi, if you travel in metro and have to take auto or taxi to go from the station to the last destination, then you will have to shell out more in auto and taxi than in metro. For traveling the same distance of five km on an average by all the three modes of transport, the auto will cost twice as much as the metro, while the taxi will cost three times as much. Even after this, there will be no guarantee of reaching your destination on time in the traffic of Delhi via road. Amidst all this, buses will still prove to be the cheapest mode of travel in Delhi.

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