Common man feels the pinch as diesel prices increase
All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) move to increase by 15% the charges to ferry goods across the country following a hike in diesel price has led to widespread concern among city-based traders, industrialist and consumers due to expected increase in cost of consumables and services across the board.chandigarh Updated: Sep 14, 2012 21:19 IST
All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) move to increase by 15% the charges to ferry goods across the country following a hike in diesel price has led to widespread concern among city-based traders, industrialist and consumers due to expected increase in cost of consumables and services across the board.
After the diesel price increase, a hike is likely in consumables like fruits and vegetables, school bus fees and local transport charges, which would leave the common man fuming.
"Transport charges were revised by 15% across India this morning. I received a call from transporter who delivers raw material to me. I was shocked that they had increased the transportation cost by so much margin. Basically, I want justification for this increase. If the government hikes diesel price, it should issue guidelines to transporters also regarding any consequent increase since the common man is at the receiving end," griped a city industrialist Naveen Manglani.
Meanwhile, GK Jain, proprietor of Bombay-Shimla transport, told Hindustan Times from Delhi, "The transport cost has been hiked all over the country. I know that the consumer will be thoroughly affected. But what can we do? We have to think about so many things and one of them is delivering perishable items as soon as we can and that needs speed. The government needs to think of few factors before declaring a price hike."
School bus fees to get costlier
Surinder Singh, a transporter who owns seven buses plying in various schools, said, "Diesel price hike has affected us a lot. It is obvious that we will have to renew our contract and hike the school bus fee. We will do so from the new session. The hike will be double since we are spending a lot on each bus. It is really unfortunate that parents will have to bear the brunt due to a corrupt government."
It was learnt that transporters who plied buses in various school would discuss the proposed hike in a few days.
Asked for comments, a parent Rohini Sharma who shells out Rs 800 as bus fee for her child, said, "It is going to be a tough situation to handle all the expenses."
Commodities to get costly by early next week
Prices of vegetable and fruits are expected to rise by early next week due to diesel price hike. Naresh Kumar Gupta, vice-president of Sector26 grain market association, said, "Since there is a hike in transportation charges, there will be a hike in prices of fruits and vegetables, but only marginally. It will be more or less in the Rs1-5 bracket. Yes, it is obvious that it will pinch the pocket of the public."
Harvinder Kaur, a homemaker, said, "If the prices of fruits and vegetables increase even a little, our whole home budget goes haywire since we have to save each and every penny. The government should be more considerate while effecting these price hikes."
No immediate effect on local transport
Asked if city resident should expect a hike in local transport charges, TPS Phoolka, director of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU), said, "We are examining the possibility of increasing ticket rates, but there is no immediate decision in the pipeline. But yes, we will put up the case before the administration and they will take necessary action in the matter."
Meanwhile, Gurpreet Singh, a regular commuter on CTU buses, said, "The hike will pinch our pockets. Since I am from a middle class family, every penny counts."
First Published: Sep 14, 2012 21:07 IST