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Auto, taxi fares to rise, but petrol, diesel to get cheaper: Top 5 stories from Mumbai

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mumbai Updated: Oct 10, 2017 16:11 IST
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The decision to reduce the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel was taken in state cabinet on Tuesday.
The decision to reduce the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel was taken in state cabinet on Tuesday.(File)

Mumbaiites may soon have to pay higher fares to travel by auto-rickshaws and the traditional black-and-yellow taxis, even as the rates of petrol and diesel have dipped.

The Shiv Sena, meanwhile, questioned the BJP’s stand on demonetisation, with two of their leaders giving contradictory views. According to a BJP minister, a probe is underway against Congress’ Ashok Chavan over the alleged illegal transfer of two flats to his daughters in Mumbai’s upscale Worli locality.

The body of a man who jumped off the bridge at Bandra-Worli sea link was fished out on Tuesday.

The top five stories of the day:

1. Petrol to be cheaper by Rs2, diesel by Re1 across Maharashtra from midnight

Following a diktat from the Central government to reduce state taxes on petrol and diesel, the Maharashtra government slashed the petrol price by Rs2 and diesel by Re1 a litre from Tuesday midnight.

The decision to reduce the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel was taken in state cabinet on Tuesday.

2. Auto, taxi fares in Mumbai likely to rise soon; cap to be set on Ola, Uber surge pricing

Mumbaiites may soon have to pay higher fares to travel by auto-rickshaws and the traditional black-and-yellow taxis. They will also likely benefit from a cap being set on surge pricing for app-based services of taxi aggregators such as Ola and Uber.

The four-member Khatua committee, appointed to determine fares of autos and cabs, submitted its report to the Maharashtra government on Monday with these recommendations, sources said.

3. Demonetisation good or bad? BJP leaders need to make up their mind, says Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party, claiming its two leaders gave contradictory opinion on demonetisation.

The party, in its mouthpiece Saamana, thanked transport minister Nitin Gadkari for admitting that the poor were “hit hard” by demonetisation. “Union minister Nitin Gadkari admitted that common man has suffered because of demonetisation. We take Gadkari’s words seriously because he is known for being straight-forward. But another senior leader Arun Jaitley has put forth a contradictory view,” the editorial said.

4. Ashok Chavan under scanner over transfer of Worli flats to his daughters, says BJP minister

Two days before the Nanded civic polls in Maharashtra, Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) state revenue minister Chandrakant Patil disclosed that a probe was underway against former Congress chief minister Ashok Chavan over the allegedly illegal transfer of two flats to his daughters in Mumbai’s upscale Worli locality.

5. Body of man who jumped off Mumbai’s Bandra-Worli sea link fished out

The Worli police on Tuesday fished out the body of a man who jumped off the Bandra-Worli sea link on Monday night. “The man is yet to be identified. His pants are missing. They might have been washed away with the tide,” said an officer from Worli police station, adding the body has been sent to Nair hospital for post-mortem. The police have registered a case of accidental death.