Auto drivers threaten strike to protest hike
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and chief minister designate of Delhi -Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said he will look into the possibility of rollback in hike in CNG prices.Updated: Dec 28, 2013 00:42 IST
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and chief minister designate of Delhi -Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said he will look into the possibility of rollback in hike in CNG prices.
The CNG price in Delhi was hiked on Thursday by `4.50 per kg, the second such increase in three months, the burden of which is likely to result in public transport getting costlier in the National Capital.
After the hike, CNG was priced at Rs 50.10 per kg in Delhi and Rs 56.70 in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad from Thursday midnight. Indraprastha Gas Ltd, the sole supplier of CNG and PNG, said, the price for PNG too was raised by Rs 5.15 per kg.
“What was the need to increase CNG prices when a new government is set to take over in Delhi soon. It raises suspicions about the Centre’s intention. I will look at the files once I take over tomorrow and see if the hike can be rolled back,” Kejriwal, who will be taking oath on Saturday as the new chief minister, told reporters.
Reacting to a threat by autorickshaw drivers — who have threatened to strike work to protest the hike, Kejriwal said: “We will hold talks and address the concerns of the auto-drivers. If a roll back is not possible, then fares will have to be revised.”
Kejriwal had on Thursday tweeted: “CNG rates hiked in Delhi. Isn’t the time suspect?”
Meanwhile, threatening to launch an agitation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too demanded an immediate rollback of the hike.
“We will launch an agitation if the hike is not rolled back.” said Harsh Vardhan, leader of Opposition.
First Published: Dec 28, 2013 00:39 IST