The number of CNG outlets is all set to go up to 37 from the present 23 by the year end. This was announced by District Collector Vikas Deshmukh after a meeting with oil companies,petrol dealers and the Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited (MNGL).
Deshmukh said the administration is also reaching out to petrol pumps to open CNG outlets. Meanwhile,the strike called by the petrol dealers on September 15 has been rolled back as the issue to related to commission to dealers has been resolved and fresh tenders are to be floated for transporters ferrying CNG.
A single window clearence for new CNG outlets too is being put in place,Deshmukh said. Presently there are about 30,000 CNG autorickshaws in the city. He said that he is all set to conduct a review meeting to implement the Hakim Committee rules for public transport in the coming week.
The Hakim committee was devised to come up with a fare for taxis and autorickshaws and to fix the minimum fare at 1.5 times the basic fare for a kilometre. Besides the fare,the meeting will also take a review of vehicles operating for more than 16 years.
The report states that the change of distance for fixing the minimum fare from 1.5 km to 1 km for the benefit of those travelling short distances are certain genuine problems. This is likely to enhance reluctance of drivers in undertaking short trips,stated the report.
The committee used parameters such as interest and depreciation,insurance and taxes,fuel,repairs and maintenance and cost of living in to calculate basic fare.