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Rising petrol and CNG prices: Delhi’s auto and taxi drivers will go on strike tomorrow | Latest Delhi News

ByElla E. Kidwell

Apr 17, 2022

Commuters in Delhi are likely to face problems as several unions of car, taxi and minibus drivers decided to go on strike on Monday demanding higher fares and a reduction in CNG prices. While most auto unions said they would go on a one-day strike, the Sarvodaya Driver Association Delhi, which has members who drive for taxi aggregators, said they would go on strike.” indefinite” from Monday, according to the news agency. PTI.

The unions have refused to call off their strike despite the Delhi government’s announcement to form a panel to consider the tariff review within a specified time frame.

“We have decided to go on an indefinite strike from Monday in view of the lack of action by the government to help us by reducing fuel prices and revising tariffs,” said PTI quoting Kamaljeet Gill, president of the Sarvodaya Driver Association Delhi.

Delhi Auto Rickshaw’s general secretary, Sangh Rajendra Soni, says the “unprecedented” rise in GNC rates has taken its toll on auto and taxi drivers.

“We know that the Delhi government is forming a committee, but we need solutions to our problems which are not in sight. We demand that the government (Central and Delhi) provide subsidy of 35 euros per kg on CNG prices,” he said.

Hundreds of auto, cab and taxi drivers recently staged a protest at the Delhi secretariat demanding a subsidy on CNG prices.

“We can’t continue to use our cars and taxis and take losses every day as CNG prices run rampant. This is a token protest to oppose rising prices,” Soni said.

There are over 90,000 cars and over 80,000 registered taxis complementing the city’s public transport system.

STA Operators General Secretary Ekta Manch, Shyamlal Gola, said RTV buses, numbering around 10,000, will also be taken off the road in support of demands for tariff reviews and lower CNG prices.

Feeder buses play a crucial role in last mile connectivity from metro stations to inner city locations.

(With PTI entries)


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