New Delhi. The effect of increasing prices of petrol and diesel in the country is now visible on public transport too. Auto and taxis have increased fares in the Mumbai metropolitan area. Auto and taxi people in Mumbai have increased the minimum fare by three rupees. The minimum fare of the auto has been increased from Rs 18 to Rs 21. While the fare of Kali Yellow Taxi has been increased from Rs 22 to Rs 25.
Auto and taxi unions in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai have welcomed the fare hike. Auto drivers said they had been suffering for the last five years as a penny had not been raised despite the increase in the cost of fuel, maintenance, insurance. Now after five years, if the rent is increased, then those people will get some benefit.
Many drivers expressed happiness over the increased fares because they did not earn even one rupee during the Kovid months – April to June. Many are drowned in debt. Now they expect some income from the increased rent. However, the increased prices will affect the common public.