Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, Udaipur, said that all the petrol pumps in the city will remain closed on October 23. This is to protest against the Government’s refusal to cut VAT on petrol and diesel.
There are around 140 petrol pumps in Udaipur. All of them will remain closed from 6.00 am onwards on October 23 and remain closed till 5.00 am on October 24, 2019. The statewide strike has been called after the government hiked the VAT on petroleum products by 4%. This hike has increased the fuel prices by 5 to 9 rupees. This price is higher than that of the neighbouring states, which has resulted in fall of revenue.
According to the Association, the situation has been presented to the government a number of times earlier, but there has been no positive response, due to which the dealers are forced to go on strike.
The dealers also informed that the strike is indefinite and may continue in the absence of any favourable measure. The Association presented a memo on this matter to the District Collector and District Revenue Officer.