Commuters inconvenienced as petrol pumps remain shut

New Delhi [India], Oct 22 (ANI): Commuters in Delhi have been facing trouble after nearly 400 petrol pumps shut their shops to demand a cut in excise duty on fuel. "I cannot even switch to Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) because even that is also not in my affordable limits," said Ravi, a resident of Delhi. Earlier this month, after the central government announced a cut of Rs 2.50 per litre in fuel prices, several Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states decided to give an additional concession of Rs 2.50 in the prices of petrol and diesel. Despite mounting attack from the opposition, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government didn't slash the rates, much to the ire of commuters and filling sttaion owners. Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA), in a statement, said, "The central government had slashed the rate of petrol and diesel by Rs 2.50 per litre each on September 4. This was followed by a reduction of VAT by various states including neighbouring Haryana and Uttar Pradesh bringing relief to their residents." The association argued that fuel rates in Delhi are dearer than those in the adjoining states. "But Delhi government refused to reduce VAT on fuel both petrol and diesel resulting in fuel becoming more expensive than bordering Haryana and Uttar Pradesh," mentions the statement. However, defending the Delhi government, AAP leader Raghav Chadha told ANI, "The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the petrol pump owners to strike in the national capital. There are few petrol pump owners, who have agreed to the BJP's decision, while the others have been forced to do so. Otherwise, they have been told that the Income Tax department will conduct raids at their properties if they will not hold the protest." All 400 petrol pumps, along with linked CNG dispensing units, will remain shut till 5 am on Tuesday. (ANI)
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