Cooking gas, CNG will now cost more

In a double whammy for Mumbaiites, the prices of both piped cooking gas and CNG, on which taxis, autorickshaws and BEST buses run, have been raised with immediate effect.

From Monday, about six lakh households in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai using piped natural gas (PNG) will have to pay Rs2.19 more per standard cubic metre (SCM).

Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) said this will reflect in their bills for July, which will be payable in August.

The cost of your commute could go up too, as compressed natural gas (CNG) will cost Rs2 more per kg and, within hours of the announcement, taxi and autorickshaw unions have started clamouring for a fare hike.

Bus fare hike may also be on the cards.

In Mumbai, PNG will now cost Rs24.09 per SCM, up from Rs21.90.

In Thane and Navi Mumbai it will cost Rs24.17.

And, CNG will cost Rs35.94 a kg, up from Rs33.95, in Mumbai, Rs36.47 in Thane and Rs36.30 in Navi Mumbai.

The MGL defended the hike saying gas was still cheaper than other fuels.

A statement by MGL said the hike was needed to recover part of the increase in overall input costs and to offset the rupee’s depreciation against the US dollar.

The MGL last raised the CNG price on November 1 2012, and the PNG price on December 21, 2012.


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