Gas retailers to maintain petrol pumps shut in Kolkata in protest towards rising petrol, diesel costs


Fuel retailers in Kolkata will cease operations for 30 minutes on July 7 to protest the steep rise in gasoline and diesel prices, which are approaching Rs 100, a trade organization official said Saturday.

The sharp rise in prices has also led to a massive drop in fuel sales in the state, said West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association joint secretary Prasenjit Sen.

“The price of gasoline will hit Rs 100 anytime in the city. To protest this steep jump, we will turn off all pumps and watch ‘no sales’ on Wednesday between 7 and 7.30pm,” he said.

“Gasoline sales have declined by 25 to 30 percent, even though the number of cars has increased during the pandemic.

Sales should have increased but decreased due to the unprecedented rise in prices. Diesel sales in the state have declined by over 50 percent, “he said.

The fuel dealers also plan to sit down on dharna and seek an increase in commissions, Sen said.

“The commission stayed firm even as the price of gasoline shot up from Rs 70 to Rs 99. This has resulted in an increase in costs and overheads while revenue has not increased, forcing small dispensers to shut down, ”he said.

Gasoline prices have already passed the Rs 100 mark in several counties in the state, including Darjeeling, Murshidabad and Nadia.

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