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Govt's poll bonanza of 55,649 new petrol pumps dragged to court by dealers

Presently, India has 56,000 retail petrol pumps of the three government oil marketing companies

IANS  |  Mumbai 

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Barely 72 hours after the Centre announced a pre-election bonanza of distributing a staggering 55,649 new pumps in the country, the apex body of their dealers plan to challenge the move in court, a top office-bearer said here on Wednesday.

The All India Dealers Association (AIPDA) President Ajay Bansal said that the government's latest move (of November 25) appeared contrary to its own policy and the dealers would question its legal validity.

"On one hand, the Centre has announced the closure of pumps in India replacing them with alternative fuels by 2025. But, now they are publishing advertisements for allotting the second string of new So what exactly is this policy?" Bansal said.

Presently, India has 56,000 retail petrol bunks of the three government -- Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL), (HPCL), and (IOCL), besides another 6,000 outlets owned by private companies.

From these fuel stations, the average monthly sales for the three (OMCs) are between 120-130 kilolitre with an average increase in demand on petrol-diesel of around four per cent per annum.

First Published: Wed, November 28 2018. 12:16 IST