Nagpur is once again facing the scarcity of fuel as many petrol pumps in the city are going dry. According to reports, a stock of day or two is left in several petrol pumps thus increasing the problems for the commuters.
People are waiting in long queues to fill the tanks full from the petrol pumps which are open as many petrol pumps were closed.
Earlier in May Nagpur had faced the same issue owing to the limited supply of fuel in the city by oil companies due to financial loss. However, even after paying to the fuel companies, the situation is still the same.
On May 21, the central government had reduced excise duty on petrol by Rs 8 per litre and on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to avoid an increase in fuel prices that were necessitated due to the surge in international oil prices.
A day after Maharashtra government had also announced a cut in fuel prices by Rs 2.08 for petrol and diesel by Rs 1.44.
Recently, the regional transport authority (RTA) had also hiked auto rickshaw charges in the city citing increases in petrol prices, insurance premiums, motor vehicle tax, and other factors. With this decision passengers are charged Rs 27 for the first 1.5 kilometres and Rs 18 each additional kilometre.