Union demands a hike in auto fare by one rupee, more CNG outlets

Taxi unions recently petitioned the government with a fare hike demand of ₹3 over the existing base fare of ₹22

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Mumbai Rickshawmen’s Union, on Thursday, demanded a fare hike of at least one rupee, based on the reports of two committees that were set up to look into the issues pertaining to autos and taxis. Union leader Thamby Kurien said a delegation met transport officials with a fare hike petition.

Taxi unions recently demanded a fare hike demand of ₹3 over the existing base fare of ₹22, and raised a petition regarding the same. A L Quadros of Mumbai Taximen’s Union said that drivers are incurring losses due to a rise in fuel costs, etc.  

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Along with this, auto unions are also demanding the Mahanagar Gas Limited to expedite the process of setting up more CNG outlets. According to Thamby Kurien, there is only one CNG pump for 2,300 autorickshaws, and clearly the number isn't sufficient.

Kurien said that out of 131 CNG pumps in the city, 79 are in the suburbs which cater mainly to rickshaws. He further added that around 5 to 6 lakh vehicles come to fill up CNG daily, out of which, nearly 2 lakh are autos.

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