Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent

The last date for Mum­bai­ites to take an on­line sur­vey con­ducted by the state gov­ern­ment on the city’s auto rick­shaw, taxi fares and surge pric­ing by cab-hail­ing ser­vices has been ex­tended by more than two weeks. In­stead of the ear­lier dead­line of April 30, the stateap­pointed Khatua com­mit­tee has ex­tended the last date to May 15.

Ac­cord­ing to a source, the com­mit­tee will sub­mit a re­port to the gov­ern­ment by the end of June.

Res­i­dents can take the sur­vey on https://trans­­ha­rash­­veyfeed­back-form.

The state gov­ern­ment set up a com­mit­tee headed by re­tired IAS of­fi­cer BC Khatua for re­view­ing the taxi and auto rick­shaw fare fix­a­tion formula de­rived by a sin­gle­mem­ber Hakim Panel in 2012.

The com­mit­tee had also been given a man­date for fix­ing an up­per and lower limit for the fares of app-based taxis.

Khatua said that the com­mit­tee has al­ready talked to gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, taxi and auto rick­shaw unions and com­muter groups at Pune, Nashik, Au­rangabad, Nag­pur and Rat­na­giri, be­sides Mum­bai. Now, be­fore a fi­nal re­port is made, the com­mit­tee wants feed­back from pas­sen­gers and driv­ers, be­sides unions.

“We want the peo­ples’ view too. We do not want res­i­dents to blame us for con­sid­er­ing only the views of driv­ers, unions and a few oth­ers,” said Khatua.

For the on­line sur­vey, the com­mit­tee has come up with four sets of ques­tions for pas­sen­gers, taxi driv­ers, auto driv­ers and driv­ers’ unions. Khatua said the ques­tions are in three lan­guages — Marathi, Hindi and English.

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