Auto LPG price up by Rs 4

Spokesperson of an oil company attributed the hike to increase in the crude oil prices. "It is impossible to sustain ourselves by supplying LPG at old rates. We are left with no option but to increase it."

Bhushan Narang, President of Karnataka Federation of Petroleum Dealers Association said that a few companies like Bharat Petroleum would implement the new rates from January 1 and others might follow them soon. “There might be a slight variation in the prices of auto LPG of various companies. There are chances that diesel prices might also go up in the first week of January," he added.

Auto drivers fume
Several auto drivers’ associations have condemned the decision. "We are shocked by the revision of prices. Our members would soon stage a protest in the city. This move would definitely translate into an auto fare hike," noted Srinivasa Murthy, President of Autorickshaw Drivers Union.

The news about auto LPG price hike came as a shock to several auto drivers in the city. "The government should keep tabs on the companies who hike the fuel rates so often.When we hike fares, the government rolls out a variety of measures to help citizens. However, we rarely notice them take any action against the companies," said Narayana G, an auto driver.

Meanwhile, transport commissioner Bhaskar Rao noted that it is too early to comment on the auto LPG price hike. “State authorities do not have any say in the fuel price hike. This would have an impact on the auto drivers across the state and it’s too early to take a stand,” he added.   

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