Commuters were at the receiving end on Tuesday as five CNG filling stations, run by the Haryana City Gas Limited (HCSL), were shut down due to the non-payment of dues to the supplier, Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL).
Nearly 10,000-odd CNG-run auto-rickshaws were stranded as their owners failed to get the vehicles refueled. As many as 50,000 personal cars and private cabs that run on CNG were also affected.
Residents had a tough time commuting as they were over-charged by the drivers of petrol-run autos.
“I paid Rs. 80 to go to my office in Sushant Lok A block. The fare on a normal day from the Huda City Metro station is Rs. 40,” said Sushma Verma (31).
Amar Chandra (26), a BPO employee going to Sector 57, said, “What can the common man do except suffer? The fare is too much.”
Meanwhile, Rajesh Kumar, president of the Auto Association at the Huda City Centre metro station, said, “Not more than 30% auto-rickshaws plied in the city today (Tuesday). Running on petrol is not viable for us.”
As the CNG stations shut down abruptly on Monday evening, unsuspecting motorists and auto-rickshaw drivers were seen standing in long queues at the four CNG filling stations in Sectors 29, 22, 44 and 53 of the Millennium City.
“I did not know the stations have been shut,” said Yuvraj, a commuter at the Sector 29 station
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, partial payment was made to IGL after a Delhi high court order.
Following this, the prospects of resumption of services at the four CNG stations in the city have increased.
According to a senior official of HCS, the service may start from Wednesday.
The official said the shutdown had not affected the domestic users of Petroleum Natural Gas.
The non-payment of dues to IGL is the result of a feud between the HCSL proprietors — Satish Chopra and Kapil Chopra — who are brothers.
An amount of Rs. 4 crore is due on HCGL. Company officials said the payment to IGL will be made on Wednesday morning.