The tours in Manali and then further to Leh – Ladakh are going to become more costlier by as much as 20-30% very soon. Him-Anchal Taxi Union has decided to discuss this hike and get it into affect very soon after discussions with SDM in Manali. All this is happening due to the price hike of about Rs 7.5 recently for Petrol :confused: … However, I am totally confused that when majority of taxis run on Diesel then how can rise in Petrol prices shall affect the prices of taxi fares 😉 … Must be my ill-knowledge about the fuel on which Manali taxis run :D…
With increase in Leh – Ladakh taxi union prices by as much as 22% this year (2012-13 Ladakh taxi rates linked here), I guess this was also bound to happen. So, overall a not so good news for the families/youngsters planning their trips to Leh – Ladakh and Manali as now they would have to bear more cost for their trips. Of course, June being the peak season time, the price hike can never have been better for Manali taxi union to exploit already handicapped tourists who are also banned from plying their private vehicles on Manali – Rohtang Pass road. So, in the end they have to dig a big hole in their pockets having no other choice than to take the taxi to Rohtang Pass 😥
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MANALI, 28 May 2012: Tourists visiting Kullu-Manali in June may have to spend some extra money on transportation as Manali taxi union has decided to increase taxi charges by 30% following the hike in petrol prices.
“Taxi operators are facing problems in continuing with last year’s fares. We are asking for a slight increase to cover our expenses,” Him-Anchal Taxi Operators’ Union president Puran Chand said. They had decided not to increase fares if fuel prices were increased only Rs 2-3, but an increase of Rs 7.50 is unbearable, he said. “We will soon have a meeting with SDM and would apply for an increase of 20% to 30% in existing prices,” he added.
The current charges for a full day tour to Rohtang pass by a basic car is Rs 1,700 which could become Rs 2,100 next month. Similarly, charges would be increased for local and long routes. Leh – Ladakh jeep safari tours are going to begin soon. The basic cost of Rs 17,000 for 2 day-long Manali-Leh tour is expected to increase to Rs 21,000 this year, sources said.
A taxi driver, Rakesh Sharma, said that mileage of cars reduces almost by half in congested and potholed roads and drivers are not able to save according to their hard work. “Petrol prices have been increased many times, but we are offering services at old rates. Now, keeping in view the fuel price and geography of Manali, taxi fares needed to be increased,” he said.
With over 2,200 cabs, Manali taxi union is the largest taxi union of the state. A tourist spends about 50% cost of his budget on transportation and this way, the tour to Manali will become a little expensive in coming days, sources said.
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