Over 400 petrol pumps in the Capital remained closed on Monday as part of their ongoing agitation against increase in VAT on diesel by the Delhi Government.
“All the 408 petrol pumps in the Capital remained closed today making the strike a success. However, petrol pump owners did not stop supply of fuel to fire tenders, ambulances and police vehicles so that these essential services were not affected,” said Delhi NCR Petrol Dealers' Association president Ajay Bansal.
Mr. Bansal said the issue of costlier diesel concerned every Delhiite and not just petrol pump owners. “Increased VAT on diesel in the Capital has not just affected the business of petrol pump owners but also led to increase in the prices of essential commodities due to increase in transportation costs. The decision to hike VAT is not good from the point of view of environment as the diesel sold in Delhi causes less pollution.”
He further said that the Association had decided to go on an indefinite strike from June 14 if the Government fails to meet its demand. “We have observed a token strike twice in the past one month but the Government seems in no mood to relent. Now we are not left with any option but to proceed on an indefinite strike to press our demand.”
“Some members have also suggested keeping the petrol pumps shut in the evening to save on electricity charges and salary of the staff. The suggestion is under consideration and a decision will be taken soon,” said Mr. Bansal.