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Auto unions threaten strike next week

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, April 22, 2013
First Published: 01:55 IST(22/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:58 IST(22/4/2013)

Gurgaon’s sole CNG distributor firm, C, which owns four CNG stations,  has drawn flak from auto unions for charging extra money, following which the unions have threatened to go on strike from next week.

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According to auto union heads, who have given written complaints to Gurgaon police commissioner Alok Mittal on the issue, the charges vary from Rs. 5 to Rs. 10 per tank filling.

“We normally visit two to three times to CNG stations on a daily basis for fuel and each visit cost around R5 to R10 extra. This is painful for us and now we want a solution,” alleged Gopal, union head of Iffco Chowk metro station.

Meanwhile, the unions have sought help of Gurgaon Citizens’ Council (GCC), which has assured to take up the matter with the Petroleum Ministry if local police will not help in solving the issue at the earliest.

“If the local administration does not stop wrong practice of collecting extra money from auto drivers, we would take up the matter with the ministry,” said GCC president RS Rathee.

The four CNG stations are located at Sectors 44, 29, 22 and 53.

“They do not give us reason of taking extra charges nor do they give us receipt of extra money taken from us. If we deny paying extra money they threaten us of not giving us the fuel at all,” said Rajesh Huda City Centre auto union head.

He said all the five metro stations’ union heads (that own roughly 22000 autos) earlier met deputy commissioner PC Meena.

On the other hand, the Haryana City Gas has denied the allegations.

“We totally deny the allegations. We got an inquiry done and found such practices a few months ago,” said a Haryana City Gas spokesperson.


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