Automated system on fuel price rings in, pump owners upset

Postpone plan for daily revision of fuel prices or face indefinite strike Dealers’ association

"The dealer has to ensure the implementation of new prices in the dispensing units and thus he has to stay awake to effect price change", he said.

State-run fuel retailers have called petrol pump operators and owners for talks on Monday to discuss their grievances against daily fuel price revision from June 16, even as IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum and HPCL said on Sunday that they have put in place a robust automated system to implement the decision.

The company will be able to centrally change prices at about 10,000 automated petrol pumps, Indian Oil said, adding at the remaining about 16,000 pumps, the dealers will receive the revised prices at a fixed hour of the day through various means including sms, email, mobile app and website.

The decision came in the wake of the successful pilot project, launched by state-owned petroleum companies, in five cities across the country - Puducherry, Visakhapatnam, Udaipur, Jamshedpur and Chandigarh.


"One tank lorry of 18 kilolitres lasts most of such small dealers 7 to 10 days".

To allay fears of dealers, Indian Oil said it would provide extensive training to dealers for a smooth transition. "In the event of no favorable response to drop this draconian decision, then they can go on an indefinite "No Purchase No Sale" from June 24, till such time this decision is annulled", Ashok Badhwar, president of FAIPT said in a statement. These means of communication will also be available to dealers of automated petrol pumps.

"Dealers will ensure price updation at their fuel stations before start of sale, every day".

Also, there are dealerships where a tank lorry takes two to three days to reach the petrol pump and in such cases there is a strong possibility that by the time the tank lorry reaches the retail outlet its price might have already reduced leaving the dealer to suffer losses. "Therefore, the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders pleads that system of daily revision of petrol prices should be dropped", Badhwar said in a statement.

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