CNG prices may increase further, says Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited chief

Times of India | 4 days ago | 06-08-2022 | 05:17 am

CNG prices may increase further, says Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited chief

PUNE: There could be a further hike in CNG prices in the coming months, Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL) has said. "Owing to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, European countries are buying more gas from West Asian countries. The Indian subcontinent is also a major buyer of gas from the Gulf. Owing to heavy purchase from Europe, the prices are not falling. Also, European nations are buying in excess and storing gas, owing to the war. In winter, consumption of gas in Europe increases, and we may see more hikes in the next few months," Deepak Sawant, managing director, MNGL, told TOI. "However, if tension between China and Taiwan subsides, and the Russia-Ukraine war stops, there could be a possibility of a relief by March or April next year," Sawant said. For commuters in the city, a further hike in auto rickshaw fares would only add to their woes. Representatives of autorickshaw unions in Pune met Pune RTO officials on Friday evening to decide on the minimum starting fare for autorickshaws amid the latest hike in CNG prices. Later, autorickshaw union representatives said that they have arrived at a unanimous decision to increase the fare by Rs18 per km. Sanjiv Bhor, deputy RTO, Pune, said that a decision on the fares arrived at the meeting will have to be ratified by the Regional Transport Authority. "The fares had been revised last week and it was to come into effect from August 1. The earlier revised fare was Rs.23 for the first 1.5km, and Rs15 for every km thereafter. However, the same was rejected by the unions as it was not calculated as per the suggestions and formula set by the Khatua committee report. Now, with the prices having increased again, we are hoping that the base fares are increased in line with the new calculations," Nitin Pawar, convenor, Rickshaw Panchayat, said. Commuters, however, said a fare hike will not help in easing their problems much. "Most of the times autorickshaw drivers refuse to go by the meter. The fare hike will further increase our problems considering that the city doesn't have a strong public transport system in the form of buses like that of the BEST in Mumbai," said Kailash Ranavare, a working professional in the city.

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