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Mumbai: CNG prices up, taxi and auto drivers want fare hike

MUMBAI: With CNG prices hiked to Rs 61.50 from Saturday, taxi and autorickshaw unions in Mumbai metropolitan region have demanded a hike of Rs 4-5 in minimum fare as their fuel expense has shot up by over 30 per cent and will badly hit earnings.
Mumbai Taximen’s Union leader A L Quadros said he is petitioning the government to either roll back the hefty CNG rates, hiked by around Rs 14 a kg in the past 10 months, or give drivers a fare hike.
“However, this fare hike was based on a calculation in which fuel cost was taken as lower than Rs 50 a kg. Now, fuel cost has shot up over Rs 60. Drivers are already impacted by the pandemic in which business is slack. Now with fuel cost rising, it will only reduce their earnings and add to their woes,” he said.
K K Tiwari of Taxi Rickshaw cell Mumbai BJP, said it was not just kaali-peeli taxi drivers, but also over 2 lakh auto drivers who were suffering due to CNG hikes. “We had a meeting… Many are willing to protest to demand rollback in CNG rates or a hike in fares,” he said. —Somit Sen
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