The Automobile, Taxi and Taxi Drivers Associations of Delhi have called for a two-day strike from today to protest against rising fuel and CNG prices. Delhi residents may face difficulty during the two days in getting around the nation’s capital after several car and taxi driver unions demanded that fares be raised and fuel prices reduced. There are over 90,000 cars and over 80,000 registered taxis complementing the city’s public transport system.
While most unions said they would be on a one-day strike, the Sarvodaya Driver Association Delhi, which has members who drive for taxi aggregators, said it would go on an ‘indefinite’ strike from of Monday.
CNG prices have increased by 60% or more ₹28 per kg in one year and PNG by more than a third. Car fares were last revised in 2019 while taxi fares were revised in 2013. In June 2019, the Delhi government had notified new auto rickshaw fares resulting in an increase of more than 18% compared to the rates in force and an increase in the charge per kilometer of ₹8 to ₹9.5.
CNG in the National Capital Territory of Delhi now costs ₹71.61 per kg, against ₹69.11 per kg, according to information posted on the website of Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) – the company that retails CNG and piped cooking gas in the nation’s capital and nearby towns.
In total, the price of CNG increased by ₹15.6 per kg in less than six weeks. This includes a ₹7.50 per kg of hiking this month alone.
Over the past year, prices have increased by ₹28.21 per kg or 60 percent
STA Operators General Secretary Ekta Manch, Shyamlal Gola, said the RTV buses, numbering around 10,000, will also be off-road to support demands for tariff reviews and lower CNG prices.
Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh General Secretary, Rajendra Soni, in a telephone conversation with ANI, alleged that the central government and the Delhi government were disregarding their demands.
Listing the demands of the car and taxi unions, Soni said: “We don’t want the fare to increase because it will also affect the pockets of ordinary people. Our only demand is that the government does not raise the price. fuel and don’t We subsidize CNG prices We demand that the government provide ₹35 per kg subsidy on CNG prices
Sarvodaya Drivers’ Association of Delhi chairman Kamaljeet Gill said Ola and Uber taxi drivers would go on strike from April 18. government did not pay attention. During those seven years, the prices of CNG and gasoline started to skyrocket,” he said.