After cabs, auto rides too get costly in Bangalore

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Bangalore, Jul 21: The spiralling prices continues to cascade into the commoner's pocket as Bangaloreans will soon be forced to pay up more for autos.

Quoting the Bangalore Urban Deputy Commissioner and the chairman of the State Transport Authority (STA), MK Aiyappa, Deccan Herald reported that the revised minimum auto fares will be announced on Thursday, Jul 22.

The report on quantum of hike in minimum auto fares prepared by the deputy commissioner of police (east) has been submitted to the government, the newspaper said on Wednesday, Jul 21.

"We have taken into consideration the views of auto unions and drivers alike, the increase in auto-LPG prices, inflation and the cost of spares," Aiyappa is quoted as saying.

At present the minimum auto fare in Bangalore is Rs 14, only behind the highest fare in the national capital, Delhi, where the minimum is Rs 20. The auto rickshaw fare per kilometer is Rs 7.

These fares were fixed by STA in 2008, when the fuel prices went up.

Every time the prices of LPG and other fuels go up, it is almost certain that the auto fares would be affected as well.

For the dwellers of one of the most expensive cities, this comes as a distressing news especially after the cab fares were also recently hiked. And now, the only hope remains with the Namma Metro.

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