With the Centre reducing prices of petrol and diesel, commuters thought that the base fare of auto drivers would also come down. However, The Navi Mumbai RTO is at the moment pondering the issue and not decisive if the fares would come down. It has been observed that when the central government increased the fuel prices, even the auto rickshaw fare has been hiked. But, instead of the central government reducing the price of petrol by Rs 5 per litre with effect from December 5, the auto rickshaw fares have not been lowered, which has been pinching the purse of the passengers traveling by auto rickshaws. In Mumbai, the price of petrol being Rs 50.03 per litre, the minimum auto fare is Rs 9. Whereas, the petrol price in Navi Mumbai being comparatively lower that is Rs 49.03 per litre, the minimum auto fare is Rs 13, which is an exorbitant amount charged from the unwary passengers. The citizens of Navi Mumbai have been rendered helpless by the compulsory auto fares charged by the drivers and have to pull the strings of their purse, instead of falling into verbal dispute with the auto drivers. The Deputy RTO Officer Bharat Kalaskar informed that they were still to decide on the reduction of base fares. One can now only hope that the Navi Mumbai RTO will consider the issue so as to give respite to the passengers in the days of global economical slump. With cameraperson Dnyaneshwar Mali, Shailendra Upadhaya for NMTV news.
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