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Fuel consumers to pay for air filling, toilet use at petrol pumps

Posted on Nov 03, 09:30PM | UNI

Fuel consumers are likely to be charged for using toilets and filling air in their vehicles at petrol pumps across the country in the coming two or three months,shok Badhwar, president of the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, said here today.

He said the Petroleum ministry had principally agreed to the proposal of the federation and the matter would be discussed at the meeting of the coordination committee of Oil Companies scheduled to be held in January next year.

He said the federation had not given any substantial proposal for the same but had conveyed to the Oil ministry that the petrol station owners had to spend lakhs of rupees on the maintenance of toilets, electricity and water besides salaries to the staff engaged for the upkeep of the toilets and air filling in the vehicles.

He demanded 5 per cent commission on petrol and diesel on percentage basis instead of volume basis. He said the federation was thankful to the UPA government for enhancing commission on petrol and diesel by Rs. 0.31 and Rs 0.29 respectively.

But this is not sufficient to run the petrol stations in a perspective manner. He also sought compensation for the loss of diesel and petrol due to evaporation which accounted for 0.65pc for petrol and 0.75 pc for diesel.

Referring to a question with regard to the affiliation of Punjab Petrol Dealers Association led by JP Khanna, Mr Badhwar said Khanna had been ceased to be a member of the federation and his association is a body of dealers which had not been affiliated with the federation.