Delhi Auto-Rickshaw Rates Increased by 18%, Waiting Period Charge To Be Levied From First Minute Itself
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New Delhi, June 13: In what will increase the burden of commuters, the Delhi government on Wednesday hiked auto-rickshaw fares in the national capital. With 18.75 percent hike auto-rickshaw fares, commuters will now have to pay a base price of Rs 25 for 1.5 km against the existing rate of Rs 25 for initial 2 km of the ride. For every additional kilometre after the initial 1.5 km, riders will be charged Rs 9.5, according to the revised rates.

Earlier, auto-rickshaws would charge Rs 8 for every additional kilometre after the initial 1.5 km. This is an increase of 18.75 percent. In a double whammy to Delhi commuters, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led government increased the waiting charge and scrapped the 15-minute minimum waiting period charge. Riders will have to Rs 0.75 per as waiting fee from the first minute itself. At present, drivers wait at least 15 minutes to levy the charge. Free Delhi Metro And DTC Buses Rides For Women Announced By CM Arvind Kejriwal.

Auto-rickshaw drivers will levy the waiting charge if the vehicle is stationary or stuck in traffic or moving extremely slow (less than a kilometre covered in 10 minutes). The night fee and luggage charges have not been revised. Currently, commuters pay 25 per cent extra charge between 11 pm and 5 am and Rs 7.5 is charged as extra luggage charge. Delhi Metro Asks Game Of Thrones Fans To Not Spoil The Finale For Others, Says 'Use Earphones When You Watch The Episode'.

"@ArvindKejriwal govt fulfils its key promise. Transport Department has notified revision of autorickshaw fares. After revision also, auto fares in Delhi to remain lower than other metro cities," Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gehlot tweeted.