Around 400 petrol pumps along with linked CNG dispensing units remained shut in the national capital today in protest against Delhi government’s refusal to reduce VAT on fuels. In a statement, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association said, the pumps will remain closed till 5 AM tomorrow.
The central government had slashed the rate of petrol and diesel by 2 rupees 50 paise per litre each last month and it was followed by reduction of VAT by various states including Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. However, the Delhi government refused to reduce VAT. As a result fuel became more expensive in Delhi than the two bordering states.