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Fuel Price Rise: Auto and Taxi Drivers Go on Strike Today in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 12, 2022

The Rickshaws and Taxis Union of Chandigarh called a strike today to protest against rising CNG and fuel prices.

The “Cab Auto Sanyukt Morcha (CASM)” will organize “Chakka jam” in Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula on Tuesday April 12. The CASM excluded the emergency services from the scope of the strike.

“Prices of compressed natural gas (CNG), gasoline and diesel have been steadily rising. Rickshaw and taxi drivers will be on strike on April 12, allowing only emergency,” a CASM member said.

He also demanded that fuel prices be lowered. “The price of CNG jumped from 45 to 82 in tricity. We will step up our agitation if the government does not listen to our demands for lower fuel prices,” he added.

Fuel prices in the Union Territory (UT) remained unchanged today, with petrol selling at 104.74 per liter and diesel at 90.83.

Since March 22, fuel prices have jumped by 10 the liter after 14 revisions.

Meanwhile, hundreds of rickshaw, cab and taxi drivers staged a protest at the Delhi secretariat on Monday demanding a subsidy on CNG.

They threatened to go on an indefinite strike from April 18 if their demand was not met.

The protest was held under the umbrella of Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh.

Numerous auto-rickshaws, taxis and taxis were seen circulating on the city’s roads despite the call for protest.

Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh’s general secretary, Rajendra Soni, said the “unprecedented” rise in the GNC rate has broken the backbone of auto and taxi drivers.

“CNG is now sold at a premium 69 per kg, which is unprecedented. We demand that governments (central and state) provide 35 per kg subsidy on CNG so we can survive. We will go on an indefinite strike from April 18 if this demand is not met,” Soni told PTI.

*With agency contributions

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