The commuters in Delhi should be ready to shell out more money to travel in autos from today onwards as the hike has come into force.
This has been implemented only a week after the government notified revised auto-rickshaw fares with an 18.75 per cent hike on existing rates.
Now, the metre-down charge will be Rs 25 for the first 1.5 km against the existing rate of Rs 25 for initial 2 km of the ride.
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The per kilometre charge has been increased from Rs 8 to 9.5 and the commuters will have to pay a waiting charge of Rs 0.75 per minute if the auto gets caught up in the traffic, as per the government. There is also an additional charge on extra luggage which is Rs 7.50.
The hike is seen as a measure to woo the auto-rickshaw drivers in Delhi and NCR prior to Delhi assembly elections.
(With inputs from ANI)