Many fuel stations sell only premium brands; shortage in supply, say pump staff
SALEM: A large number of fuel stations in Salem and Namakkal districts are selling only premium brands of petrol, forcing the vehicle users to pay more for the fuel.
While the ordinary petrol costs Rs. 55.21 a litre, the premium petrol is priced at Rs. 59.21. Vehicle users are told in many petrol pumps that only premium petrol is available.
The pump employees claim that there is a shortage in the supply of ordinary petrol. They are compelling the customers to buy premium brands of petrol, vehicle users complain.
Only a few outlets in Salem city and its surroundings are selling ordinary petrol. This has caused serious concern among vehicle users as they are not ready to pay another Rs. 4 for each litre on premium petrol. We are already suffering due to the spiralling prices of essential commodities. Buying premium petrol is increasing the cost burden further, people lament.
Motorcyclists allege that the oil companies are creating an artificial scarcity for the ordinary petrol in order to push the sale of their premium products. The compulsory shift to branded fuel is leading to agitations at the petrol pumps.
Meanwhile, vehicle users allege that a few outlets are selling adulterated petrol.
In Elampillai, over 100 motorcyclists staged a demonstration in front of a fuel outlet on Friday in protest against its management for reportedly selling adulterated petrol. “The vehicles stop after re-filling fuel in the outlet. We are forced to spend money for repairing them,” the motorists say.
Vehicle users urge the Union Government to ensure the availability of ordinary petrol in all fuel outlets.
The government should also closely monitor the outlets to prevent adulteration.