DAGESTAN, 25 August, Caucasus Times – Following an increase in the price of petrol and diesel fuel two weeks ago, the price of liquefied gas for vehicles has also increased in Dagestan in the past few days.
Its price rose from R8 [0.2 dollars] to R12-13, that is to say, by pproximately 50 per cent. In addition, it is practically impossible to get gas in Makhachkala as there is no gas at gas stations there, while vehicles line up in gigantic queues where it is available. Many Makhachkala people are forced to fill up with gas outside the city, for example, in the settlement of Manas where queues are shorter.
The price of petrol has increased by an average of R2-3 in two weeks: today, AI-92 petrol costs R19 and AI-95 – R20. Probably, precisely the increase in the price of petrol and the resulting higher interest in gas on the part of car owners impelled owners of gas stations to inflate the prices.
One does not have to be an expert to suppose that owners of transport vehicles will try to increase fares in the near future in order to make up for their losses. In any case, there is already such rumour in Makhachkala. What is more, there is a precedent – the cost of fare on some long-distance routes increased by R10 last week.