MUMBAI: The government officials have approached petrol pump owners in Mumbai and asked them to serve mainly essential and emergency service vehicles, sources said.
A pump owner said that though there was a directive to issue petrol and diesel to only essential vehicles/workers at the pumps, it would be difficult to identify who is essential and who is not.
“We would want the police to be deployed at our pumps to identify which vehicles are essential. Our attendants will not be able to do this job,” said Ravi Shine, a petrol pump owner from Ghatkopar East.
M Venkat Rao of Petrol dealers association, the umbrella organisation of majority of pumps in the region, told TOI that the business at almost all pumps was down by 90%. “We are also facing staff shortage and there is no point having all pumps open 7am to 7pm. The government should identify prominent pumps, mainly owned by oil marketing companies, which can remain open at strategic locations to serve essential vehicles. The others should be allowed to shut down,” he said in a fresh letter to the city collector.
He further said there was a serious “health hazard” for those working at the pumps in view of the present coronavirus threat. He added that while on one hand the pump will serve essential needs, it will also protect its employees.
“Our Petrol Pumps Dealers have reported the attendance at their respective petrol pump is not even 10% of the normal strength.
We have requested the government to advice police personnel, to allow our petrol pumps staff workers who have valid ID to reach their respective petrol pump and similarly BEST buses should be advised to take the staff members on board and reach their respective petrol pumps,” he stated.
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