With inflation going beyond the 8 per cent mark, it's no surprise that the common man has been badly hit. The current hike in fuel price has made every commuter's nightmare come true. As it is, there is no easy way for the commuter to travel - there are the overcrowded buses that are bursting at its seams, the battered and bruised roads due to the slow and not-so-steady metro construction and the extremely irritating attitudes of the auto drivers to deal with.
And now with the fuel hike, there will be the expected hike in bus tickets and auto fares and not to mention, the inevitable auto strike for their meter hike that invariably follows an increase in fuel prices.
For a section that is already feeling the pinch of high food prices, the rise in fuel prices is not good news at all, despite the justifications. There is the hype about the ever-soaring global crude prices, but at the microcosmic level, the common man will have to grapple with tight budgets, skyrocketing expenses and drastic cutting down of expenditures in order to cope with the fuel hike.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said the hike is "unavoidable" - something that the public realises as well. Bu the question is, how much hike can the common man endure before he breaks down under the burden of living? By Supriya Sharma.