CNG price hike to factor in fare structure of autos: CM
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Last Updated: Monday, May 31, 2010, 19:36
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 per mmBtu).

Autorickshaw drivers unions have long been demanding a hike in fares.


First Published: Monday, May 31, 2010, 19:36

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