It is the 19th consecutive day of the continuous hike in fuel prices by the oil companies. On June 25, 2020, the cost of petrol has reached to 79.92 per litre and that of diesel, crossing the mark of Rs 80 per for the first time in the living memory, now costs 80.02 per litre in the capital.
This hike in fuel prices has created a lot of problems for the transporters. While talking to ANI, the general secretary of Sanjay Gandhi Transport Association, Ashok Khurrana said, “if the diesel prices are hiked any further, our business will shut down. We were already facing the burnt of COVID-19 and now with the increase in prices of fuel, 60 percent of the work of the transport industry has come to a standstill”.
He further added, “the government did not hold a meeting with the transporters before increasing the prices of fuel. Our vehicles are parked and are not being used due to increase in fuel prices. We are in very bad shape now.”
Ajit Singh Sanga, managing committee member of All India Motor Transport Committee told ANI, “Our condition is worsening with each passing day. In our work, we mostly use diesel. Now, how can we manage with the increased prices? Also due to the pandemic, no financier is willing to give us a loan. The government has promised to fulfil our insurance needs several times. Our insurance is expensive along with the permits. Many of the state governments have exempted all this but the Delhi government has not done anything for us, CM Kejriwal claimed that his government has taken substantial steps to support us, but what have they done?”
Wednesday was the first time ever that the cost of diesel exceeded the cost of petrol in Delhi.