The two-day-old strike by autorickshaws and taxis demanding hike in minimum fare has been called off. This came about after unions accepted offer of dialogue with the transport minister, an official spokesman announced here on Friday.
The talks will be held on Wednesday next, he added. Autorickshaw unions demand that minimum fare be hiked to Rs 15. The State Government had fixed it at Rs 14 late on late Thursday evening. But unions would not settle for anything less than Rs 15.
The Government had ceded to the demand of taxi unions for a minimum fare of Rs 100 for every five km from Rs 60 for every three km earlier. For autorickshaws, it had fixed Rs 8 for every km Rs 2 every 250 metres travelled thereon.
The Government had arrived at these decisions on a set of recommendations submitted by a committee that had been appointed to study the issue in detail.
Earlier this month, minimum bus fare had been revised up from Rs 5 to Rs 6, with the State Cabinet giving the final go-ahead.
It represented an across-the-board hike ranging from 3 to 10 per cent per km for various classes of services.
A Cabinet subcommittee had been mandated to come up with suggestions on how to deal with persistent demands for fare hike in the context of fuel price hikes.
Minimum fare for ‘fast passenger’ buses went up from Rs 7 to Rs 8 and that of ‘super fasts’ from Rs 10 to Rs 12.
For ‘super express’ buses, the applicable rate was revised from Rs 15 to Rs 17 and for ‘super deluxe’ from Rs 20 to Rs 25.
The new minimum fare for ‘luxury carriers’ and ‘Volvo’ services was revised from Rs 30 to Rs 35.
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