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Hike taxi fares, unions demand; threaten to go on strike in Mumbai

Hike taxi fares, unions demand; threaten to go on strike in Mumbai


With the hike in the prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) for the second time in 10 days on Thursday, the taxi unions in Mumbai have demanded a hike in taxi fares. The unions have also threatened to go on a strike if CNG prices are increased any further.

With the hike in the prices of compressed natural gas (CNG) for the second time in 10 days on Thursday, the taxi unions in the city have demanded a hike in taxi fares. The unions have also threatened to go on a strike if CNG prices are increased any further.

Unions approached the additional chief transport secretary Ashish Kumar Singh on Thursday demanding that the base fare of taxis be increased by 2 to 27.

The Maharashtra government in February had increased the fare of autorickshaws and black and yellow taxis in the city. The minimum fare of black and yellow taxis in the city is now 25 as opposed to 22 earlier.

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“Due to the increase of 5.56 of CNG price the taxi operators are incurring a loss of 60 per day. The price of CNG was increased from 51 to 54 and again after 10 days the price was increased to 57.54,” said a statement from Mumbai Taximen’s Union that has the maximum number of city’s taxi drivers as members.

The union has also threatened to go on a strike if the prices of CNG hiked further. “We will discuss with our members and if the prices increase, then we will go on a strike. We are also discussing internally with people from the transport fraternity about the steps that can be taken,” said AL Quadros, leader, Mumbai Taximen’s Union.

The Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) on Wednesday had announced the hike in prices of CNG and domestic piped natural gas (PNG) from Thursday.

The price of CNG is now 57.54 per kg and was hiked by 2.30 per kg. Earlier on October 5, the prices of CNG was hiked and was priced at 54.57 per kg. Before that CNG was priced at 49.40 per kg in the city.

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