No auto fare hike yet; protest off

Mumbai : The Sharad Rao-led auto rickshaw union has finally decided not to harass Mumbaikars by unilaterally hiking the fare. The decision came after deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar intervened in the matter.

No auto fare hike yet; protest off

The union headed by Rao, which is affiliated to the NCP, had called for a protest rally on Thursday, which would have led to the auto rickshaws staying off the road. The union had also threatened to unilaterally start charging commuters the revised fare recommended by Hakim committee.

The PMA Hakim committee had suggested a hike of Rs 3 on the minimum fare. The union had demanded immediate implementation of the hike. However, the suggestion drew criticism from consumer activists who strongly opposed the demand.

 “We met Pawar and he asked the transport commissioner to hold a meeting with us and call off the protest rally. We met the commissioner and he has promised to expedite action,” said Shashank Rao, assistant general secretary, MAU. The Transport Commissioner will now send a list of recommendations based on the reviews of all stakeholders, including unions and consumer activists. The report will be submitted to the state government, which will decide on whether to grant the fare hike or not.

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