INTRODUCTION: New increases in fuel charges have sparked off protests in India.
NEW DELHI. GVs People on motor scooters, bicycles and a few in cars
GV Idle petrol pumps and CU pump (2 shots)
CUs Taxis standing idle and CU hire sign covered up (2 shots)
CU Rickshaws and buses on road and horse drawn carriages (3 shots)
GV Long queue for bus
GV Red Fort in Delhi
GVs Bharatiya Janata Party workers on bicycles carrying placards and ringing bicycle bells
TRACKING SHOT New Delhi shopping centre
SVs Police watching as cyclists go past chanting (2 shots)
TV Cyclists through streets with placards
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Background: INTRODUCTION: New increases in fuel charges have sparked off protests in India. The population now has to pay some of the highest prices in the world for petrol, diesel and gas oil. The impacts's so great, that many people are being forced to abandon their cars in favour of public transport.
SYNOPSIS: The immediate effect of the petrol price rises can be seen on the streets of New Delhi where the traffic flow is usually a blend of motor-scooters and automobiles. But many petrol pumps were idle on Thursday (16 July) as prices reached almost four dollars a gallon.
Taxi drivers staged a one day strike in protest saying that their already diminishing business would be hit even harder by the latest increase.
But business for rickshaw owners and horse-drawn carriage operators is on the increase. Many schoolchildren normally transported to school by bus are now arriving by carriage or rickshaw because their parents can't afford new bus prices. The demand for public transport is now greater than ever and bus queues in New Delhi showed that many people had left their cars or scooters at home.
On Wednesday (15 July) Delhi's main opposition Party, Bharatiya Janata, organised a travelling demonstration to protest against the petrol price rise. They are demanding a reversal in the government decision. The cyclists took their protest through several busy shopping areas in the capital.
Indians have also been hit by price rises in food grains, sugar edible oils and food. The rises in petrol prices is another blow to many people, as they try to keep ahead of inflation, which is running at about 15 percent.