21/04/2016 10:53 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Kejriwal To Ban Surge Pricing Permanently In Delhi

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 18: Slow traffic at NH-24 during the Odd-Even Plan on April 18, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Day four of the Delhi governments odd-even experiment began with reports of major traffic snarls emerging from various parts of the city. The second phase of the odd-even experiment was launched on April 15 to reduce the alarming levels of air pollution in the city. (Photo by Ravi Choudhary/ Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that he will extend the ban on surge pricing by cabs in the national capital beyond the duration of the Odd-Even scheme which ends on April 30.

Surge pricing is the higher fare which is levied by app-based taxi service providers such as Uber and Ola when demand is higher than supply.

"Yes, we will do it," Kejriwal said on Twitter in response to a question by Poonam Pandey, a journalist with Navbharat Times, who tweeted: "Suspension of surge pricing should continue even after #oddeven system. Why should anyone get license to loot."

While Kejriwal has described "surge pricing" as "daylight robbery," Uber has said that enough drivers won't be available if prices are not increased during peak hours.

While Kejriwal has said that not making cab available is "blackmailing," Uber has said that it does not employ the cab drivers, but only aggregates them.

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