New Delhi, January 6: The US-based cab service application Uber has hiked the minimum fares of its entry-level by up to 50 percent for the riders in Delhi-NCR. The minimum fare has been raised from Rs 40 to Rs 60 while the ride time charge has been raised to Rs 1.5 per minute from Rs 1 earlier.
Uber will now charge Rs 6 per km up to 20 km and Rs 12 per km thereafter. Also, the ride time, charges which are calculated on the basis of the total time of the ride have been hiked to Rs 1.5 per minute for UberPOOL and UberX.
One of the Uber spokespersons said, "Starting January 5, 2017, we have made some changes to our pricing structure in Delhi, NCR in order to serve the city better."
In 2016, Uber had introduced 'upfront fare' under which the company calculates and shows rates depending on expected time and distance of travel and local traffic. The fares of the ride fluctuate according to the demand.
In the past year, it has come to light that commuters prefer taxi over auto-rickshaws as it costs them almost the same price. However, the rise int he prices will come as a bad news for the regular riders. Uber is one of the most preferred cab services in the country.
Meanwhile, it is engaged in an intense battle in the Indian market with local rival Ola as well as radio taxi operators like Meru. It operates in 29 cities in India capturing the second largest market, the US being the first.