Mumbai, 24th September 2022: Now the minimum taxi fare will be raised to Rs. 28 from Rs. 25, and rickshaw fare will be raised to Rs. 23 from Rs. 21. An in-principle approval was given on Friday to increase the minimum taxi fare by Rs. 3 and rickshaw fare by Rs. 2. This hike will be effective from 1st October.
A meeting of the representatives of rickshaws and taxi associations was held at the ministry on Friday in the presence of state industries minister Uday Samant. During the time, there was a discussion regarding the rent hike. Principal Secretary Sanjeev Jaiswal (Water Supply and Sanitation Department) with an additional charge of Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) Ashish Kumar Singh was also present. In the meeting, the fare increase was approved in principle.
Now the minimum taxi fare will be raised to Rs 28 from Rs 25, rickshaw fare will be raised to Rs. 23 from Rs. 21. The fare hike is approved by the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Transport Authority (MMRTA). So, after getting the in-principle approval, ‘MMRTA’ will give the final approval to the fare hike. A senior officer of the transport department informed that a meeting of ‘MMRTA’ will be held next week regarding the fare hike.
“The Mumbai Taximen’s Union had demanded an increase of at least Rs. 10 in the taxi fare due to the increase in CNG prices. Whereas, the rickshaw associations had demanded an increase of at least Rs. 5. It was decided to call a strike from 26th September to meet this demand. However, due to the in-principle approval of the fare hike and the assurance that the fare hike will be implemented from 1st October, the strike is called off,” the general secretary of Mumbai Taximen’s Union A. L. Quadros announced.