Covid-19: Lockdown leaves Chhattisgarh petrol pumps battling for survival

Although the petrol pumps throughout the nation have been exempted from the lockdown, the transfer has failed to show the fortunes of sellers with pumps throughout Chhattisgarh sporting a abandoned look regardless of being in operation.

According to sellers, the consumption of petrol and diesel within the state has fallen sharply to about 1.2 million litres from 5.5 million litres, which included 2.2 million litres of petrol and three.three million litres of diesel, because of the lockdown.

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While sellers in Raipur have been anticipating some restoration because the state capital accounts for 20 per cent of the full gasoline consumption within the state, the gasoline consumption there too, recorded sharp drop in the identical proportion.

Dealers mentioned that the enterprise had acquired a giant jolt because of the lockdown and so they weren’t able to even pay salaries to the workers after they reported for obligation.

“The state authorities should take initiative and permit pumps on highways to stay open until 10 pm,” mentioned a senior workplace bearer of the sellers’ affiliation. Since autos carrying items usually transfer in the course of the night time, it could be a breather for the pumps to function until midnight.

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The sellers added that whereas they have been taking all precautions on the pumps, folks weren’t turning up, as they didn’t have any requirement for gasoline.

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