Commoners have to bear the double whammy of hiked fuel prices made by Central government as Cab and Truck Unions have now decided to hike charges and freight. Reportedly it has been been increased from 15 to 30 percent.
A report, though not officially confirmed said that the State Govt allowed the hike in favour of Taxi and cabs besides Truck and Good carriers. HRTC , Commercial, Tourist cabs and Shared Taxi likely to be benefitted from the decision. Hike in the fare and freight charges was made on account of increasing prices of Petrol and Diesel in the state.
After increasing the LPG price by Rs 50 now subsidized cylinder would cost about Rs 880 including subsidy of Rs 31.
Hike in the truck fare also increases the prices of Cement and others consumer items leading to inflation in the market. Cement fare likely to be increased up to 10.48 per km. From March this year fare of taxi has been hiked by 15 per cent for diesel and 20 pc for Petrol vehicles.
In Hamipur District Truck operator increased freight charges by 30 percent. In Una district Taxi Operator are charging Rs 1300 in place of Rs 1000, Cab carriers in Kullu district made hike of Rs 59 per passenger.
Truck Union has hiked Rs 800 in its fare since Feb 12.Truck union Poanta Sahib hiked Rs two per km and Mandi truck Union hiked the freight charges by 25 percent. Shimla Pickup Carriage Union decided to hike the freight charges upto Rs 142 per quintal that of Rs122 of earlier.