No Petrol, Diesel! Fuel outlets in India to be shut today for 20 minutes; here's why
The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) has called for a 20-minute shutdown of fuel stations across India on Wednesday evening.
The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) has called for a 20-minute shutdown of fuel stations across India on Wednesday evening. CIPD represents 56,000 fuel outlets in the country. This means that none of these fuel stations will sell petrol or diesel on Wednesday evening. The decision has been taken in the memory of the over 40 CRPF personnel killed as a result of a terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu & Kashmir. CIPD General Secretary In-Charge K Suresh Kumar confirmed that the fuel stations would be closed between 7 pm and 7:20 pm across India.
He said that banners and photos of martyrs would also be placed in fuel outlets and lights would be turned off during the mentioned time. He requested the public to cooperate and express solidarity with the defence forces. Over 40 CRPF personnel were killed and five were injured in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 when a Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber rammed a vehicle carrying over 100 kg of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district.
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Meanwhile, the state-run oil marketing companies chose not to raise retail petrol prices on Wednesday, after six consecutive days of rate revision. The diesel price too remained unchanged in major cities. In Delhi, petrol is being sold for Rs 71 per litre while diesel costs Rs 66.17 a litre. On Tuesday, petrol price was hiked by 9 to 11 paise in major cities while diesel became costlier by 6 to 7 paise per litre.
The prices remain unchanged in Noida too and petrol is being sold at Rs 70.78 and diesel price at Rs 65.32. In Gurugram, petrol, diesel prices remained stable at Rs 71.65 and Rs 65.77, respectively.
In Mumbai, petrol is being sold for Rs 76.64 per litre while diesel costs Rs 69.30 per litre, as per data available with Indian Oil Corp website. Among other major cities, Kolkata is selling petrol at Rs 73.11 per litre and diesel can be availed at Rs 67.95 a litre. In Chennai, one litre petrol costs Rs 73.72 while diesel sells for Rs 69.91per litre.
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