Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Many Delhi commuters were caught unaware of what just happened on October 22nd as about 400 fuel stations had begun a 23-hour long shutdown due to the strike. Owners of these stations are trying to press the Delhi government to slash value-added tax (VAT) on the key transport fuels to cut their losses.
Avinash Chaudhary who was sent back from a petrol pump near New Friends Colony in South Delhi said, “I did not know about the strike. I was informed when I reached the petrol pump”.
Vipul Sinha, who uses a two-wheeler, had to return from a petrol pump in Ashram, also in South Delhi said, “Nobody cares about people. They should have informed commuters before going on a strike”.
This strike was called by Delhi Petrol Dealers Association (DPDA) who blamed Arvind Kejriwal who led the Delhi government to refuse in reducing the VAT on both petrol and diesel prices.