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The price of CNG is nearing Rs 70 per kg but cab and auto drivers are still operating on old fares.New Delhi: Opposing the steep hike in CNG prices, hundreds of cab and auto drivers staged a protest at Jantar Mantar on Friday and demanded revision of fares and threatened to go on an indefinite strike from April 18 if their demands were not met.Protesting drivers, including of Ola and Uber cabs, also sent memorandum of their demands to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday.President of ‘Sarvodaya Drivers Welfare Association’ Ravi Rathor said that the government should either slash CNG prices or revise fares.”We want justice. We have given ultimatum to the central as well as the city government to go on indefinite strike from April 18 if our demands related to reducing the rates of CNG or revision of cab and auto fares are not met,” Rathor told PTI.He said that prices of CNG are nearing Rs 70 per kg but cab and auto drivers are still operating on old fares. It has become tough for drivers to operate with skyrocketing CNG prices.Rathor further said that fare revision is pending for the last 7-8 years despite the fact that inflation in these years have grown much.”Cab companies come under state and central governments so the authorities should mount pressure on them to increase fares. Currently we are plying cabs at price range of Rs 6.75 to Rs 8 per kilometre. Seeing the current scenario, fares should be in the range of Rs 16-18 per kilometre. If fares cannot be revised then rates of CNG should be reduced,” Rathor said.He said that Friday’s protest at Jantar Mantar was just a symbolic agitation but all drivers will observe complete “Chakka Jam” from April 18 if there is no solution.Rathor, who claims to have around 4 lakh drivers as members in Delhi-NCR, said that auto and cabs kept operating on Friday and there was no shortage of such transport on roads.Ola and Uber cabs and autos were also available during the day.Other auto and taxi unions including Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh and Delhi Pradesh Taxi Union have already threatened to go on indefinite strike from April 18 if their demand to provide Rs 35 per kg subsidy on CNG is not met.Around 1 lakh auto rickshaws are currently plying in the national capital.Delhi’s public transport, including cabs, autos, taxis and buses, is majorly CNG driven.CNG in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi now costs Rs 69.11 per kg, the price has risen by Rs 13.1 per kg in a month.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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