Hyderabad: Commuting by autorickshaws is going to get costlier from February 1, as the government gave its nod to a hike in autorickshaw fares by 25 per cent.
Following a statewide protest by autorickshaw unions in the past few days, the State Road Transport Authority on Tuesday agreed to increase the minimum fare to Rs 20 from Rs 16.
Per kilometre charge, after crossing the minimum distance, was raised to Rs 11 from Rs 9, while waiting charges were hiked from Rs 15 to Rs 20.
Various protesting autorickshaw unions demanding fare hike, laid siege to the State RTA Commissionerate at Khairtabad on Tuesday.
The protesters were taken into custody but later released. Transport commissioner Ananth Ramu held talks with autorickshaw union representatives after that.
“In regard to withdrawal of GO No. 108 that imposes Rs 1,000 fine on autorickshaw drivers for traffic violations, the commissioner promised to issue orders in few days reducing the penalty charge,” said Satti Reddy of AP Auto Driverla Samaikhya.