Shillong: The fuel price hike has slowly started pinching pockets of Shillong residents.
The price of petrol in the state capital has now touched Rs 100 per litre and diesel being sold at Rs 91.94 per litre.
The worst affected are the local taxis operators who are now angry that the state government isn’t doing anything about the rise in fuel prices.
Shillong’s taxi association has threatened that they would be forced to increase taxi fares if nothing is done about the fuel price hike because they are left with no option. And if they go ahead with the price hike then it is directly going to affect daily commuters.
They have now urged the Meghalaya government to take stock of the situation which has badly affected the public at large. They have also threatened that if the prices of fuel continue to rise then they will begin an agitation.
It may be mentioned that in February 2021, Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles, held an indefinite strike on February 3, demanding that the state government reduce fuel prices and cut taxes collected from the taxis.
Following the indefinite strike, the state government had on February 7 decided to reduce Rs 2 per litre from the tax component of the retail sale price of petrol and diesel.
And it isn’t just the taxi operators who are feeling this pinch.
Shillong resident Ibapalei Syiem shared the major chunk of her salary now goes in filling fuel.
“Since the last 5-6 years petrol prices kept increasing despite the prices reducing internationally. But in india it keeps increasing,” said Syiem.
Local journalist Aafaque Hussain of the Shillong Times said, “I own a two wheeler and a car but I use my two-wheeler often. Earlier I used to fill fuel for around Rs 800, which would last me two weeks. But now I’ve had to reduce my expenditure and I’m buying petrol only for Rs 400 which won’t last for more than a week,” said Hussain.
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