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 Delhi||Rs.78.56||Rs.78.78||-0.22|
|Petrol price in Kolkata||Rs.80.47||Rs.80.68||-0.21|
|Petrol price in Mumbai||Rs.84.06||Rs.84.28||-0.22|
|Petrol price in Chennai||Rs.81.61||Rs.81.84||-0.23|
|Petrol price in Faridabad||Rs.77.60||Rs.77.68||-0.08|
|Petrol price in Gurgaon||Rs.77.05||Rs.77.47||-0.42|
|Petrol price in Noida||Rs.76.64||Rs.76.72||-0.08|
|Petrol price in Ghaziabad||Rs.76.51||Rs.76.69||-0.18|
|Petrol price in Agartala||Rs.75.11||Rs.75.19||-0.08|
|Petrol price in Aizwal||Rs.74.85||Rs.74.84||0.01|
|Petrol price in Ambala||Rs.76.92||Rs.77.36||-0.44|
|Petrol price in Bangalore||Rs.79.26||Rs.79.41||-0.15|
|Petrol price in Bhopal||Rs.81.71||Rs.81.84||-0.13|
|Petrol price in Bhubhaneswar||Rs.77.39||Rs.77.65||-0.26|
|Petrol price in Chandigarh||Rs.74.21||Rs.74.41||-0.20|
|Petrol price in Dehradun||Rs.77.03||Rs.77.21||-0.18|
|Petrol price in Gandhinagar||Rs.76.02||Rs.76.01||0.01|
|Petrol price in Gangtok||Rs.81.80||Rs.82.05||-0.25|
|Petrol price in Guwahati||Rs.78.48||Rs.78.54||-0.06|
|Petrol price in Hyderabad||Rs.83.30||Rs.83.53||-0.23|
|Petrol price in Imphal||Rs.74.38||Rs.74.63||-0.25|
|Petrol price in Itanagar||Rs.71.72||Rs.71.92||-0.20|
|Petrol price in Jaipur||Rs.78.79||Rs.79.49||-0.70|
|Petrol price in Jammu||Rs.77.76||Rs.77.98||-0.22|
|Petrol price in Jalandhar||Rs.84.10||Rs.84.13||-0.03|
|Petrol price in Kohima||Rs.74.58||Rs.75.41||-0.83|
|Petrol price in Lucknow||Rs.76.40||Rs.76.77||-0.37|
|Petrol price in Panjim||Rs.70.19||Rs.70.30||-0.11|
|Petrol price in Patna||Rs.82.51||Rs.82.56||-0.05|
|Petrol price in Port Blair||Rs.67.69||Rs.67.88||-0.19|
|Petrol price in Raipur||Rs.76.58||Rs.76.70||-0.12|
|Petrol price in Ranchi||Rs.75.79||Rs.75.77||0.02|
|Petrol price in Shillong||Rs.75.81||Rs.76.15||-0.34|
|Petrol price in Shimla||Rs.77.86||Rs.77.50||0.36|
|Petrol price in Srinagar||Rs.80.79||Rs.81.00||-0.21|
|Petrol price in Trivandrum||Rs.82.07||Rs.82.16||-0.09|
|Petrol price in Silvassa||Rs.76.64||Rs.76.85||-0.21|
|Petrol price in Daman||Rs.76.51||Rs.76.75||-0.24|
|Petrol price in Pondicherry||Rs.77.55||Rs.77.77||-0.22|
Source for prices: Indian Oil Corporation