Ride-hailing service Uber India has increased travel costs by 12 percent in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) amid a recent spike in fuel tariffs. The app-based taxi aggregator said in an official statement released Monday that the fuel tariff hike is “worrisome” and will “take further steps if necessary”.
“We are listening to feedback from drivers and understand that the current increase in fuel prices is a cause for concern. To help drivers mitigate the impact of the spike in fuel prices, Uber has increased fare in Delhi-NCR by 12 percent,” Nitish said. Bhushan, Chief of Operations, Uber India and South Asia.
“In the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor fuel price movements and take further steps if necessary,” added Mr Bhushan.
The move comes as car and taxi drivers have staged protests in Delhi to demand a subsidy on CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) prices.
On April 7, CNG rates in the capital were raised for the tenth time in a month.
CNG in Delhi now costs Rs 69.11 per kg. The price has risen by Rs 13.1 per kg since March 7 this year.
In Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, CNG is sold for Rs 71.67 per kg and Rs 77.44 per kg in Gurugram and some other cities near Delhi.
Gas distributors have periodically raised prices since October last year, when both domestic and international gas prices began to rise.
Tariffs have risen after the government more than doubled the price of natural gas to $6.1 per million UK thermal unit as of April 1.
Natural gas, when compressed, becomes CNG for use as a fuel in cars.
Meanwhile, petrol and diesel prices in metro cities remained unchanged for the sixth consecutive day after being hiked 14 times in 21 days. In Delhi, a liter of petrol costs Rs 105.41 while diesel is sold for Rs 96.67 per litre.
Tariffs have increased by Rs 10 per liter after 14 tariff revisions.