CNG price rise | New Delhi: Due to a Rs 2.5 rise in CNG prices, Delhi auto, cab and taxi drivers have warned they will strike in New Delhi on April 18. The drivers’ association will demand subsidies on gas prices. Earlier, the drivers staged a protest outside the Delhi secretariat on April 11. According to media reports, the protest was held under the umbrella of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh. Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh General Secretary Rajendra Soni said their protests against Center and Delhi government policies will continue and they will go on strike from April 18.Also Read – CNG Automakers Knock on Center Doors After Bookings Slump Amid 50-60% CNG Price Rise
Talking about how their business has been affected due to the sudden rise in fuel prices, Soni said, “The price of CNG is skyrocketing every day and we are asking the government to provide us with a subsidy of Rs 35 per kg. . The price of CNG is currently Rs 71.61 per kg in Delhi. Also Read – Maharashtra: Over 2.5 Lakh Autorickshaw & Taxi Owners To Go On Indefinite Strike From July 31 | here’s why
Soni alleged that for the past seven years, the Delhi government has never called a meeting of the members of the Auto-Rickshaw association. “We wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal but received no response from his office. Who else are we supposed to contact with these issues? Neither the chief minister nor any other government leader is ready to talk to us,” he said. Also Read – CNG, PNG Prices in Mumbai spiked from midnight. Check the new rates here
He added that if their protests escalate, “governments will start blaming each other.” President of the Sarvodaya Drivers Welfare Association, Ravi Rathore, said: “The steady rise in CNG prices is burning holes in our pockets. We staged protests on April 8 and 11, but the government is silent and has yet to summon us for talks. We will definitely do ‘Chakka Jam’ on April 18th.
Rathore said “even the common man will take to the streets if the government’s approach to this issue remains the same.” The Delhi Auto and Taxi Association had written a letter to Chief Minister Kejriwal on April 6 asking him to receive a subsidy of Rs 35 per kg of CNG. The price of CNG rose again by 2.5 rupees per kg in the nation’s capital on Thursday.
(With contributions from the agency)