RWAS urge CM to re­duce VAT on fuel prices in Delhi

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: Days af­ter deal­ers of petrol and diesel sta­tions in Delhi an­nounced to go on strike on Oc­to­ber 22, a num­ber of res­i­dents’ wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions (RWAS) and civil so­ci­ety groups have come out in sup­port and urged chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal to re­duce VAT on fu­els.

Rais­ing the is­sue of air pol­lu­tion, some res­i­dents said the steep petrol prices in Delhi have forced them to buy low qual­ity and pol­lut­ing vari­ant of the fuel from neigh­bour­ing cities. “Due to price dif­fer­ence of about Rs 2-3/ litre, Del­hi­ites liv­ing near bor­ders are be­ing forced to buy fuel from neigh­bour­ing states of Ut­tar Pradesh and Haryana which still is on Bharat Stan­dard (BS) IV as com­pared to less pol­lut­ing BS VI, which is avail­able only i n Delhi,” Man­ish Chawla, a res­i­dent of Anand Vi­har, said.

The Cen­tral govern­ment had slashed the rate of petrol and diesel by ₹2.50 per litre on Oc­to­ber 4. This was fol­lowed by re­duc­tion of Value Added Tax (VAT) by var­i­ous states, in­clud­ing Haryana and UP.

The Delhi Petrol Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (DPDA) has al­ready de­cided to ob­serve a clo­sure on Oc­to­ber 22 to protest the fuel prices. “If the dif­fer­ence in prices con­tin­ues, there will be a drop of 50% in sale of diesel in Delhi and 25% in petrol in this quar­ter,” said a mem­ber of DPDA.

Res­i­dents also pointed out how in­ad­e­quate pub­lic trans­port net­work adds to the prob­lem.

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