Delhi transport dept examining issue of auto fare structure

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.

PTI



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

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