Petrol Pumps in Patna Remain Closed for 12 Hours

Marcus Newton
April 13, 2017

While the government is yet to take a decision on upward revision in dealers' commission, the Centre is now working on ways to lessen the burden of volatility in fuel rates for vehicle owners. The protest will be launched by the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), will affect South India and Maharashtra the most as these are the key areas wherein they operate.

Shinde also said the petrol dealers association will observe May 10 as a "No Purchase Day" to press for their demands.

This move is enabled in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for a less consumption of fuel, under the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD).

The report quoted Petrol Dealer's Association, stating, "We had withdrawn the strike threat in January after oil marketing companies assured to revise dealer commission rates".

He explained that people can fill up their vehicle tanks a day before the holiday or within the eight-hour period.

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Earlier, media reports had said that petrol pump owners had threatened to take off every Sunday over demand for a higher commission.

On May 10, there will be "no purchase" of diesel or petrol. "Holidays should be given to the workers, but it can be done without having the petrol pumps closed", Harshita, a resident of Hyderabad said.

Justifying their demand, the pump owners allege that the commitment made in the Apurva Chandra report for margin shares is being violated by the oil companies.

However, fuel would be available for emergency services, like ambulances, on Sunday. All India Petroleum Dealers' Association has distanced itself from the decision.

Overall, India has 56,190 retail marketers, of which, 52,604 are public-owned oil companies such as Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil Corporation, and Bharat Petroleum. It should be noted that CIPD has presence in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra while AIPDA has a nation-wide reach.

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