Petrol pumps strike in Delhi affects public

Petrol pumps strike in Delhi affects public

New Delhi,Commuters in the national capital on Monday had to face hardships owing to the closure of 400 petrol pumps across the city following a strike called by the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA), demanding cut in VAT by the Delhi Government. At a fuel station in Central Delhi's Janpath area, people had to return empty handed after they were apprised by the workers of the station about the strike. Talking about the strike, a commuter, Subash, who uses his scooty for his daily work, said that the issue of VAT should be solved through dialogue between Centre and Kejriwal Government. Apart from that, in that area, autos and taxis were seen standing in line owing to the strike. "Aaj kam down hein ji, sabera panch baje se taxiyan line mein aur koe business nahi hein ( Today, the business is down. Since morning taxis are standing in queues)," one among the taxi drivers stated. Dinesh Kumar, who is the manager of a fuel station, said though the strike has brought to a halt the daily sale as compared to other days , they are abiding by the DPDA's call for the strike.

He said that on daily basis, the pump sales around 14000 litres of fuel per day which has totally collapse today. On being asked about Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's statement that petrol pumps owners were threatened to observe strike by the BJP, the Manager, denied any pressure . The strike has also affected public in a large way as taxis and auto rickshaws were also not plying on the city roads as compared to the usual days as they were protesting against the Kejriwal Government policies on cab aggregators. All 400 petrol pumps , along with linked Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) dispensing units in Delhi, began their complete shutdown on Monday morning for 23 hours, following a strike called by Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA). The shutdown called by DPDA is in protest against Delhi Government's refusal to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel and petrol in the capital . The strike has also affected public in large as taxis and auto rickshaws were also not plying on the city roads as compared to the usual days as they were protesting against the Kejriwal Government policies on cab aggregators.

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