Auto unions blame CNG stations for overcharging

Published: 13 November, 2013 06:28 IST | Shashank Rao |

Although there are 1.4 lakh rickshaws in the eastern as well as the western suburbs, there are only few rickshaws plying on the roads, since most of them are waiting their turn to refuel at CNG stations

The auto union has taken up this issue and has blamed the CNG stations for causing delays and overcharging them.

In line: With auto drivers waiting their turn to refuel at CNG stations, there are fewer rickshaws plying on the road. File Pic

“When there are long queues at CNG filling stations, the drivers are forced to pay at least Rs 10 more than the actual price by the staff on duty at these stations, said Shashank Rao, assistant general secretary, Mumbai Auto Rickshawmen’s Union. The cost of every kilogram of CNG is Rs 38.95.

“We have displayed a notice board outside every outlet asking rickshaw drivers not to pay a single penny more than the amount. Dealers have also been informed to take action against their staff if they receive any complaints regarding this,” said a spokesperson from Mahanagar Gas Limited.

The auto union has threatened to stage a statewide protest from November 28 if the state government does not sort out their issues.  

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