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Kolkata's yellow taxis likely to ply from May 18 with 30% fare hike

Since the beginning of the lockdown, only a few taxis were being allowed to travel in the city for emergencies only

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The taxi association proposed the 30 per cent fare hike over meter readings at present rates

The ubiquitous yellow taxis of are likely to be back in the city's streets from Monday with a 30 per cent hike in fares, Bengal Taxi Association (BTA) secretary Bimal Guha said on Friday.

He said that the association, in a meeting with senior West Bengal Transport department officials on Thursday, proposed the 30 per cent fare hike over meter readings at present rates.

The BTA secretary said that as per the government's guidelines, a maximum of two passengers would be allowed to board the metered taxis and that both would have to sit in the back seat.

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Guha said that taxi services in the city is likely to recommence from Monday itself following the end of the third phase of the nationwide lockdown over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the beginning of the lockdown, only a few taxis were being allowed to travel in the city for emergencies only.

First Published: Fri, May 15 2020. 12:06 IST
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