After a two-day wait, the Pune Petrol Dealers’ Association has decided to join the state-wide bandh called by the State Petrol Dealers Association against the Local Body Tax (LBT) as well as the state specific surcharge on petrol and diesel, from August 26.
While the association had earlier decided not to join, it issued a statement on Sunday that it would join the strike mainly to abolish collection of the LBT in cantonment areas.
The members of the association have said if the LBT is abolished from fuel then the rates of petrol and diesel will go down and will be on par with the neighbouring states.
“The Petrol Dealers’ Association has decided to finally join the strike as it will be in the interest of the citizens as they would get petrol and diesel at low rates,’’ said president of Petrol Dealers Association, Baba Dhumal and spokesperson Ali Daruwalla in a written statement issued on Sunday.
He added that state federation has taken the call to protest the multiple taxes levied on petrol and diesel as it is most expensive in Pune as compared to anywhere else in the state.
This apart, the dealers said, according to the 1955 government resolution, petrol and diesel fall under the ambit of the Essential Commodities Act and therefore LBT cannot be levied on these fuels.
At present, the petrol pumps are already paying 15 per cent excise tax, 25 per cent value added tax, two per cent octroi and Re 1 as education cess on every litre of petrol.