From auto drivers, taxi unions, housewives to the office-goer, the
common man Friday expressed anger over the Rs.2 per kg CNG price
hike in the capital.
Life has turned from difficult to worst, said Rupam Tuli, general
secretary for the All Delhi Auto Taxi Federation.
"It looks like the government is indifferent to the problems of
common man. With the increasing inflation, the rise in CNG prices
appear as if the government has made all the arrangements to make
our life difficult to worst."
He said though the increase will not affect the auto-drivers much,
it will surely make a major difference to the pockets of bus and
"The auto drivers hardly use five kg of CNG a day, so for them
this would make a small difference. But for truck and bus drivers,
who use around 100 kg, the hike is painful," he added.
The price hike was Rs.2 in Delhi and Rs.2.30 in the NCR (National
Ashok Kumar Tiwari, vice president of the Bhartiya Tipahiya Chalak
Sangh, said: "The only difference it will make to the common man
will be that from four chapatis, we will come down to three."
S.K. Bhatia, president of the All Delhi Auto Taxi Federation, said
the government should also hike taxi fares while increasing fuel
prices. "This is a fair way which was followed during the
governance of (former prime minister) Indira Gandhi," he added.
Car owners too were a disappointed lot.
"Congress has become famous with its price hiking policies now. We
have no hope from it," said Ajay Arora, 43, who bought his car on
loan a month ago.
"Congress, which talks about the aam admi (common man), has
failed. Somebody should tell them that they were elected by us and
this is not what they promised," said Ankit Sagar, 29, a software
Besides, housewives too were upset, fearing a vegetable price
"Every time there is a fuel or CNG price hike, the prices of
vegetables also rise," said Ritu Thakur, 32.
Meanwhile, people with CNG-run cars and auto-drivers queued up at
CNG stations as the hike comes into effect from midnight. After
the hike, CNG will cost Rs.32 per kg.