The price of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) would be increased by about 25 per cent from June 7, leading to a possible increase in the cost of public transport travelling — autorickshaws and buses — and various other consumables in the Capital.
The hike comes in the wake of the Union Cabinet okaying an increase in the prices of gases in the country. As a result, the gas would now cost Rs. 27.90 per kg — an increase of Rs. 5.60 in the existing price.
The autorickshaw unions have already threatened to charge more than the meter reading, if the CNG price was increased. The public bus operators have also been demanding the same.
The price rise would also impact commercial transport, especially those carrying daily consumables, which are carried from wholesale markets to retail points in CNG-driven mini-trucks and vans.