In view of the rising price of CNG in the nation’s capital, Delhi automobile and taxi drivers have appealed to the state government to subsidize CNG. They announced they were going on strike to protest against the price hike. Thursday saw the fifth CNG price increase this month, making fuel nearly 15 rupees more expensive.
The price of CNG rose again by 2.5 rupees per kg in the nation’s capital on Thursday. The price of CNG is currently Rs 71.61 per kg in Delhi. The sharp increase has sparked demand for higher fares from auto, bus, taxi and medium freight carriers in the city.
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The Delhi Auto Taxi Drivers Association has announced a strike from April 18. Earlier on April 11, hundreds of car and taxi drivers, under the banner of the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Association, demonstrated outside the Delhi secretariat.
CNG prices have risen sharply in the country over the past six months, with some cities seeing an increase of up to 37%.
CNG prices have risen by Rs 11 over the past 15 days in Delhi. In the last 6 months, there has been an increase of Rs 24 in Delhi-NCR.
The protests by the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Association will be against the policies of the Center and the Delhi government to raise the price of CNG.
They are demanding from the Delhi government that a subsidy of up to Rs 35 per kg on CNG be given to drivers of automobiles and taxis.
A written request has been delivered to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on behalf of the auto union, but they say there has been no response so far.
Rajendra Soni, General Secretary of the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Association, says that in the past 7 years, no meetings have been held with them.