Delhi govt to increase auto fare

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New Delhi, Jun 21: Delhi government has decided to increase the price for commuting by autorikshaws on Monday, Jun 21, following increase the prices of CNG.

Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, told reporters after the cabinet meeting that the new rates would be announce in a day or two by transport deparment.

"Because of the hike in gas price, the auto fare has to be increased. We discussed the issue thread-bare and the rates will be announced by the transport department with in a day or two," Dikshit said.

The minimum fare is expected to be increased from Rs 20 for the first 2 km instead of Rs 10 (first 1 km) at present. The one kilometre fare after the first 2 km will be Rs 6.50 instead of the current Rs 4.50. The rates have not been finalised yet.

Transport department will announce the new rates after holding a final round of talks with the unions. Autorikshaw unions had warned to go on a strike last month after the Central government decided to hike the CNG rate. The CNG rate has gone up by Rs 5.60 per kg, in Delhi.

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