New Delhi: In a major relief for the commuters in the national capital, the Delhi government has decided not to increase bus fare despite the hike in prices of CNG.

“An additional cost of around seven percent will increase after the hike in prices of CNG, but there will be no hike in DTC fares,” said Transport Minister Arvinder Lovely.

Citing public welfare, Lovely said the DTC is a public transport system and right now there was no need to raise passenger fares.

Managing Director of Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) Rajesh Ved Vyas said, “We are forced to increase the CNG rates from Rs 30 per kg to Rs 32. The procurement of gas has become costly after dollar appreciated in the international market.”

Vyas said that though the operational cost is expensive, the running cost will not be that expensive.

For autos, the increase would be 6 paisa/km, for taxis it would be 10 paisa/km and in case of buses, the increase would be 57 paisa/km.

“If compared, the running cost of CNG vehicles is still cheaper than that of petrol or diesel-run vehicles,” he added.

JPN/Bureau