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  • CNG is currently Rs 71.61 per kg in Delhi
  • 90,000 autos and 80,000 registered taxis in Delhi

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Auto and taxi drivers are demanding that the government (Centre and Delhi) provide Rs 35 per kg subsidy on CNG prices.

Auto and taxi drivers in Delhi have decided to go on a two-day strike from Monday as they protest against the rising fuel prices as CNG prices hit record high. Ola and Uber drivers stayed off the road even in the financial capital with demand for lower fuel rates.

Hundreds of auto, taxi and cab drivers staged a protest at the Delhi Secretariat recently demanding subsidy on CNG prices.

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CNG prices are up Rs 12 in the month of April, and Uber has already undertaken a 12-15% hike in major cities and indicated it may not be the end.

The unions have refused to call of their strike despite an announcement by the Delhi government to form a committee to consider fare revision in a time-bound manner.

General secretary of the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh, Rajendra Soni, said the "unprecedented" hike in rates of CNG has taken a toll auto and cab drivers.

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"We know that the Delhi government is forming some committee but we need solutions to our problems which is not in sight. We are demanding that the government (Centre and Delhi) provide Rs 35 per kg subsidy on CNG prices," he said.

There are over 90,000 autos and more than 80,000 registered taxis complementing the public transport system in the city.

The price of CNG is currently Rs 71.61 per kg in Delhi.

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