Delhi Roads Remain Empty As Petrol Pumps Remain Shut, Auto & Taxi Drivers Join The Move

| October 22 , 2018 , 13:13 IST

The National Capital on Monday was hit by twin strikes by the petrol pumps and auto rickshaw and traffic drivers. Around 400 petrol pumps and CNG stations are shut down to protest against the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government's refusal to lower the Value Added Tax or VAT on petrol and diesel.

The Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) said the Delhi government's inaction was hampering their business as the neighbouring states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were attracting more consumers after slashing their fuel prices.

The difference in prices has led to sharp drop of up to 50 to 60 per cent in sale of diesel in Delhi and 25 per cent in petrol in this quarter, DPDA President Nischal Singhania said.

DPDA President Singhania while speaking to the media said, "In comparison to Delhi, petrol in UP and Haryana is cheaper by Rs 2.59 and Rs 1.95 per litre, respectively, while diesel in these two states is cheaper by Rs 2.02 and Rs 1.72 per litre, respectively,"

Auto, taxi unions are also unhappy with the Kejriwal-led Delhi government. While announcing the one-day strike last week, Inderjeet Singh, chairman of the All India Tour and Transport Association, had said that the one-day 'Chakka Jaam' protest by the Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti will be held as the government failed to listen to their grievances.

He told the reporters, "Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers are losing their employment due to wrong transport polices of the government and also due to low fares offered to commuters by cab aggregators.”