New Delhi: Petrol and diesel prices in Delhi saw a slight downslide on Monday but the consumer is likely to remain deprived of the same in the light of all 400 petrol pumps and CNG dispensing units remaining shut in the national capital for a day. The protest is over the state government’s refusal to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on fuels. In Delhi, petrol price was down by Rs 0.30 per litre at Rs 81.44 per litre while that of diesel dropped by Rs 0.27 to Rs 74.92 per litre. In Mumbai, petrol saw a marginal dip of Rs 0.30 to sell for Rs 86.91 per litre and diesel was at Rs 78.54 per litre, at a decrease of Rs 0.28. (Also read: PM Modi Meets CEOs of Global, Indian Oil Companies) Also Read - Diesel Price Slashed For First Time in 6 Months, Petrol Price Remains Unchanged | Check Revised Rates Here
All 400 petrol pumps along with linked CNG dispensing units in Delhi will remain shut. The Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA), which has called the protest, said in a statement, “There are about 400 petrol pumps in Delhi which also have linked compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and all of them will remain closed for nearly 24 hours in protest from 6 am onwards on October 22 and remain closed till 5 am on October 23.” (Check the live Petrol and Diesel Price Here) Also Read - Petrol Prices Hiked 6 Times in a Week
Meanwhile, those using public transport may have problems during the day as auto-rickshaw and taxi unions have also decided to go on a strike against the Delhi government’s policies on cab aggregators. “The one-day ‘Chakka Jaam’ protest by the Sanyukt Sangharsh Samiti will be held as the government has failed to listen to our grievances,” said Inderjeet Singh, chairman of the All India Tour and Transport Association and convener of the joint forum.
“Auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers are losing their employment due to wrong transport policies of the government and also due to low fares offered to commuters by cab aggregators,” he said. Thousands of members of the affiliated associations will also go on strike, he said. Also Read - 'Customers Looking For Alternates Amid Rising Petrol, Diesel Prices'