Petrol pumps in city likely to go dry today

 Motorists may face a torrid time as petrol pumps are expected to go dry before the fuel actually gets cheaper on Friday.

After an advance announcement of reduction in petrol prices, there is a strong possibility that dealers will not lift petrol in the next 24 hours.

“The decision should have been kept a secret. It is going to cause us losses to the tune of several lakhs,” secretary of the Federation of All India Petrol Dealers Ajay Bansal told Deccan Herald.  He said dealers will ensure that their customers do not face inconvenience.
Bansal said dealers will refrain from taking normal supply from oil companies, but will store the minimum amount of fuel so that motorists do not suffer.

“Normally, we keep a stock for three to four days of supply. Now, we will lift only for a day,” he said. A petrol pump owner in Delhi said the inflow of customers reduced immediately after the media flashed the tweet by Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

“This was a long weekend. Three days of leave from Friday. We were expecting sales to perk up as it generally does on the weekends,” he said, ruing an unusually advanced announcement.

Consumers say they should not be made to suffer in case of any emergency. “Thanks to the new government’s new ideas,” a customer said.

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