Delhi auto, taxi drivers protest CNG price hike
New Delhi: Causing huge inconvenience to the common public, city’s autorickshaw and taxi drivers Thursday protested the government’s decision to raise the prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) by over 25%.
The protesting men, carrying placards and banners, today assembled at the New Delhi Railway Station and forced the closure of the pre-paid booth counters.
Shouting anti-government slogans, the agitated autorickshaw and taxi drivers even threatened to go on indefinite mass strike if the state government does not agree to increase fares commensurate with the fuel price hike.
Voicing their displeasure, protestors accused the state government of not listening to their woes and only indulging in giving assurances, as in past.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit has assured the agitating taxi drivers of an early resolution of their problem.
Talking to reporters, Dixit said, “We are looking into the matter. We will talk to them”.
The protest by the autorickshaw and taxi drivers comes a day after Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) hiked CNG prices by over 25%, following the government`s move to more than double the price of natural gas.
CNG rates in Delhi have gone up by Rs 5.60 per kg - from Rs 21.90 to Rs 27.50 per kg.
"The new consumer price of Rs 27.50 per kg in Delhi and Rs 30.60 per kg in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad would be effective from midnight," IGL said Wednesday.
The hike was necessitated because of the government`s decision to raise natural gas prices from Rs 3.2 per cubic meter to Rs 7.5 per cubic meter (USD 4.2 per million British thermal unit).
IGL, however, did not increase the price of gas that it pipes to households for cooking purpose. Piped natural gas will continue to be priced at Rs 15.92 per cubic meter.
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