CNG price rise riles auto drivers, Arvind promises solution

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SummaryChief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Friday held a meeting with leaders of auto-rickshaw unions.

A day after the Centre hiked CNG prices across the country, bringing it to Rs 50.10 per kg in Delhi, Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Friday held a meeting with leaders of auto-rickshaw unions.

While putting forth their problems to Kejriwal, auto-rickshaw drivers expressed unhappiness over the hike and said that they were planning to go on strike.

Addressing their concerns, Kejriwal said, “They have been associated with us for a long time... When I take charge, I will hold consultations and try to find a solution.”

Meanwhile, Kejriwal once against questioned the government’s move to hike CNG prices two days before the Aam Aadmi Party was set to form a government in Delhi.

“What was the need to increase CNG prices when a new government is set to take over in Delhi. It raises suspicions about their intention. I will look at the files once I take over and see if the hike can be rolled back,” he said.

Meanwhile, leaders of the auto-rickshaw union put forth 12 problems, which Kejriwal promised to look into after meeting Transport department officials on Saturday.

“We had a meeting with Arvind Kejriwal who assured us that his government would take up the matter of CNG price hike... He also promised that 100 auto-rickshaw stands will be set up and said his government would look into the irregularities related to GPS devices and impounding of our vehicles by traffic police,’’ Rajinder Soni from Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh said.

Kishan Verma, president of All-Delhi Auto Taxi Transporters Congress Union, said he would go on strike on January 4, 2014.

“This is the third CNG price hike after the auto fares were revised. We will not accept this,’’ he said.

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