Delhi transport dept examining issue of auto fare structure
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Last Updated: Friday, May 21, 2010, 23:10
New Delhi: With autorickshaw unions threatening to go on a strike demanding hike in the fare structure, the Delhi Transport department on Friday said it was examining the issue, but ruled out any time-frame for arriving at a decision.

The government has already told the autorickshaw unions that it will take a decision in connection with their demand for a fare hike.

The autorickshaw unions are up in arms since Wednesday as the Centre decided to hike the price of CNG.

A senior Transport Department official said the issue is being examined by the government and all aspects will be taken into account while taking a decision.

He said the government had already assured the unions that they will look into their demands.

Asked when a decision is likely to be taken, the official said "there is no time-frame for taking the decision."

Several autorickshaw unions held a meeting yesterday to decide on their strategy in the wake of the Centre's sudden move to increase the price of natural gas.

"We have discussing the issue. Earlier, we sought a hike in the fare structure from the Transport Minister. Now, the CNG prices have also increased," Suresh Sharma of Rashtravadi Janta Tipahiya Chalak Mahasangh said.

He said the Mahasangh members will go on a strike as and when the new prices come into effect. The mahasangh has a membership of over 1,000 autorickshaw drivers.

Sharma said the drivers had called of their scheduled strike on May 17 after the government gave an assurance that it will look into their demands.

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

The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday hiked price of gas sold to power, fertiliser and city gas projects from Rs 3,200 per thousand cubic meters to Rs 6,818 per thousand cubic meters.

The new gas price on an overall basis would result in 2.75 per cent increase in power tariff and up to 20 per cent hike in price of compressed natural gas (CNG) sold to automobiles in cities like Delhi.

CNG in Delhi currently costs Rs 21.90 per kg. The new price will come into effect in a few days when it is notified.


First Published: Friday, May 21, 2010, 23:10

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