After witnessing a rise in the petrol prices, travelling in auto-rickshaws and taxis in Mumbai city of Maharashtra will now cost more. The base fares for auto-rickshaws and taxis were increased by Rs 3 on Monday.
Autos that would earlier charge a minimum fare of Rs 18 will now charge Rs 21 and the minimum fare for 'kaali-peeli' taxis has been increased from Rs 22 to Rs 25. Mumbai is already combating the Covid situation and now with a hike in fares, travelling will become costlier for commuters.
Auto drivers in Mumbai said the fares have not been increased in the past five years despite a rise in fuel prices, maintenance and insurance. Unions of auto drivers and taxi drivers in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai have welcomed the hike.