Taxi rides will cost more as Uber hikes fares 12% in Delhi-NCR over fuel prices


Ride-sharing service Uber India has hiked fares for rides by 12% in Delhi-NCR (National Capital Region) as fuel prices have soared over the past two weeks.

The app-based taxi aggregator, in an official statement on Monday, said the fuel rate hike “causes concern” and that it “will take further action as necessary.”

“We listen to driver feedback and understand that the current fuel price hike is concerning. To help protect drivers from the impact of a fuel price spike, Uber has raised fares for rides in Delhi-NCR by 12%,” said Nitish Bhushan, head of central operations, Uber India and South Asia.

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“Over the coming weeks, we will continue to monitor fuel price movements and take further action as necessary,” Bhushan said.

Protests against CNG prices

On April 7, CNG rates in the nation’s capital were raised for the tenth time in a month.

CNG in Delhi now costs Rs 69.11 per kg. The price has increased by Rs 13.1 per kg since March 7 this year.

In Greater Noida and Ghaziabad, GNC is sold at Rs 71.67 per kg and Rs 77.44 per kg in Gurugram and some other towns near Delhi.

Many car and taxi drivers staged protests in Delhi demanding subsidy on CNG (compressed natural gas) prices.

Rising prices in Mumbai

Earlier in April, Uber raised taxi fares by 15% for trips to Mumbai to offset the impact of rising fuel prices.

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“Uber is raising fares for rides in Mumbai by 15%,” Bhushan said in a statement.

The online taxi service in the statement also said that over the coming weeks it would continue to monitor fuel price movements and take further action if “necessary”.

Fuel prices, including gasoline, diesel and CNG, have been rising almost daily for the past two weeks, putting pressure on the pockets of people still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

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