New Delhi: With the Union Cabinet hiking
price of CNG, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said
the increase will be factored in when her government decides
the new fare structure for auto rickshaws in the city.
"The hike will be factored in," Dikshit said when
asked about demand by several autorickshaw unions to
reasonably hike the fare.
She said the transport department will take "an
appropriate decision" on the issue.
Two weeks back, the unions had threatened to go on a
strike but postponed it after Transport Minister Arvinder
Singh Lovely assured them that their demand for hike in the
fare structure would be examined.
Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta last week had said a
committee will examine impact of the hike in price of natural
gas on CNG-run bus transport and autos in the city and suggest
fare structure for both.
The Union Cabinet on May 19 had hiked price of gas
sold to power, fertiliser and city gas projects from Rs 3,200
per thousand cubic meters (USD 1.79 per million British
thermal unit) to Rs 6,818 per thousand cubic meters (USD 3.818
Autorickshaw drivers unions have long been demanding a
hike in fares.