Maha govt hikes auto fares, keeps taxis waiting

Posted By: Samyuktha
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Mumbai, Jun 22: After paralyzing the city in the morning, taxis and auto rickshaws are back on the road again after the Maharashtra Transport Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil met the union leaders over their demands for hike in fares.

While the auto fares were increased from Rs 9 to to Rs 11, the minister said that the government's decision on taxi fares can be expected within a week. The minister also termed the strike and the demands of the taxi drivers as being illegal.

Taxi drivers have put up a demand for the minimum fare for black and yellow taxis to go up from Rs 14 to Rs 16.

Auto and taxi union decided to go on a strike starting from Monday, Jun 21 midnight to press for their demands of the hike in fares. The demand was prompted by the rise in the prices of CNG.

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