Punjab petrol dealers threaten strike over VAT issue

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 06, 2018 12:17 hrs
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Chandigarh: Petrol station owners in Punjab on Monday threatened to launch an agitation over their demand for reducing VAT to comparable levels with neighbouring Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Petrol Pump Dealers' Association of Punjab (PPDAP) President Paramjit Singh Doaba said, petrol dealers will observe 'black Diwali' from Monday evening and the dealers will switch off lights from 7 to 7.30 pm.

"We are all losing sales steeply. The border area pump owners are the worst affected with a large proportion of HSD (High Speed Diesel) sales has also been lost to price difference," Doaba told media here.

"In first half of this year, HSD sales for Chandigarh have shown a big growth of 78.10 per cent as compared to corresponding period of last year. It is 2.3 per cent and 2.7 per cent for Himachal and J&K respectively. Whereas Punjab has recorded negative 2.5 per cent growth," he pointed out.

Punjab has 3,451 retail fuel outlets while Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, New Delhi, Himachal and Chandiagrh have 2918, 506, 438, 395 and 42 respectively.

He said due to a huge rate difference, nearly 900 petrol pumps in Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, Nawanshahr, Ropar, Mohali, Fatehgarh Sahib, Patiala, and Sangrur districts in Punjab are on the verge of closure.

"The disparity in VAT in comparison with Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh has led to lower sales, causing revenue losses to the tune of crores to the Punjab government," said PPDAP spokesperson Monty Sehgal.

Among other districts, Mohali district in Punjab is the worst affected as it borders Chandigarh, he added.

State Capitals (Applicable from 6:00 a.m. on 06-11-2018) Petrol Current Price(Per Lt) Petrol Previous Price(Per Lt) Change(Rs)
Petrol price in DelhiRs.78.56 Rs.78.78 -0.22
Petrol price in KolkataRs.80.47 Rs.80.68 -0.21
Petrol price in MumbaiRs.84.06 Rs.84.28 -0.22
Petrol price in ChennaiRs.81.61 Rs.81.84 -0.23
Petrol price in FaridabadRs.77.60 Rs.77.68 -0.08
Petrol price in GurgaonRs.77.05 Rs.77.47 -0.42
Petrol price in NoidaRs.76.64 Rs.76.72 -0.08
Petrol price in GhaziabadRs.76.51 Rs.76.69 -0.18
Petrol price in AgartalaRs.75.11 Rs.75.19 -0.08
Petrol price in AizwalRs.74.85 Rs.74.84 0.01
Petrol price in AmbalaRs.76.92 Rs.77.36 -0.44
Petrol price in BangaloreRs.79.26 Rs.79.41 -0.15
Petrol price in BhopalRs.81.71 Rs.81.84 -0.13
Petrol price in BhubhaneswarRs.77.39 Rs.77.65 -0.26
Petrol price in ChandigarhRs.74.21 Rs.74.41 -0.20
Petrol price in DehradunRs.77.03 Rs.77.21 -0.18
Petrol price in GandhinagarRs.76.02 Rs.76.01 0.01
Petrol price in GangtokRs.81.80 Rs.82.05 -0.25
Petrol price in GuwahatiRs.78.48 Rs.78.54 -0.06
Petrol price in HyderabadRs.83.30 Rs.83.53 -0.23
Petrol price in ImphalRs.74.38 Rs.74.63 -0.25
Petrol price in ItanagarRs.71.72 Rs.71.92 -0.20
Petrol price in JaipurRs.78.79 Rs.79.49 -0.70
Petrol price in JammuRs.77.76 Rs.77.98 -0.22
Petrol price in JalandharRs.84.10 Rs.84.13 -0.03
Petrol price in KohimaRs.74.58 Rs.75.41 -0.83
Petrol price in LucknowRs.76.40 Rs.76.77 -0.37
Petrol price in PanjimRs.70.19 Rs.70.30 -0.11
Petrol price in PatnaRs.82.51 Rs.82.56 -0.05
Petrol price in Port BlairRs.67.69 Rs.67.88 -0.19
Petrol price in RaipurRs.76.58 Rs.76.70 -0.12
Petrol price in RanchiRs.75.79 Rs.75.77 0.02
Petrol price in ShillongRs.75.81 Rs.76.15 -0.34
Petrol price in ShimlaRs.77.86 Rs.77.50 0.36
Petrol price in SrinagarRs.80.79 Rs.81.00 -0.21
Petrol price in TrivandrumRs.82.07 Rs.82.16 -0.09
Petrol price in SilvassaRs.76.64 Rs.76.85 -0.21
Petrol price in DamanRs.76.51 Rs.76.75 -0.24
Petrol price in PondicherryRs.77.55 Rs.77.77 -0.22

Source for prices: Indian Oil Corporation

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