Mangaluru: A meeting was convened by deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim at his office on Tuesday November 17 to discuss the issue of demand in hike in auto fare. Regional Transport Authority (RTA) officials, auto rickshaw drivers, union leaders, social activists and the general public participated in the meeting.
The minimum auto fare is Rs 23 for the first 1.5 kilometres and Rs 13 for every kilometre thereafter at present. Auto drivers can charge one-and-half-times the normal fare between 10 pm and 5 am.
President of Auto Drivers’ Horata Samiti, Yadav Maroli said, "The hike in rates of groceries, spare parts of auto rickshaws and other commodities had been taking a toll on them and hence a hike in auto fare was necessary. We are hardly left with any money at end of day. We are not able to run our house."
After hearing the opinions of all concerned, DC A B Ibrahim said that a decision would be taken in a week’s time. He also instructed the RTA to gather adequate information on the matter by then.
SP Dr Sharanappa, assistant RTO G S Hegde, and others were present.
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