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‘Roll back petrol price hike by May 31 or face increase in auto-rickshaw fares’

Rickshaw Panchayat president Baba Adhav said on Saturday that if the petrol price hike is not rolled back by May 31,autorickshaw owners will have to hike fares.

Rickshaw Panchayat president Baba Adhav said on Saturday that if the petrol price hike is not rolled back by May 31,autorickshaw owners will have to hike fares.

The Adhav-led Angamehnati Kashtakari Sangharsh Samiti of which the Rickshaw Panchayat (Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad) is a part,met to discuss the issue of petrol price hike on Saturday.

Adhav said besides autos running on petrol— around 50 per cent of total autos in the city— fares of all other autos will also have to be hiked.

“Even autorickshaws that operate on CNG are facing a lot of problems. They have to wait for 3-4 hours everyday to fill the fuel as there are few CNG pumps in the city. The autorickshaw owners are facing pressure from all sides. There’s compulsion of electronic meters,the issue of student transport and now the petrol price hike.” said Adhav.

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He said his association will stage a protest in front of District Collectorate to press for a rollback in the petrol price hike.

“We have also decided to organise protests in front of the offices of political parties,” said Adhav.