Fuel costs continue to increase across India and are currently averaging Rs 55 per liter. Unfortunately, this results in higher fuel surcharges for our clients. Sodha Travel is considering alternative measures to accommodate the prices.
India has been researching and implementing ways of limiting fuel consumption for many years. In July of 1998, India's Supreme Court ordered the Delhi government to implement CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) or LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) for all auto rickshaws and buses in the city. With the change, Delhi's air quality has improved dramatically. The city has also increased the number of CNG stations to accommodate the vehicles. Other Indian cities are also considering a mandatory change to CNG/LPG for public transportation.
Certain states are also proposing an increase in road taxes. We will keep you posted on any developments regarding transportation and fuel costs.