Citizens cheer decision on cut in petrol price

ST Correspondent
Friday, 5 October 2018

While citizens were irked due to the upward hike in the petrol prices for the past couple of months, they have welcomed the decision to decrease the fuel prices with a sigh of relief. Petrol will be cheaper by Rs 5 in Maharashtra, with the Central and the State governments announcing a cut of Rs 2.50 per litre each. Sakal Times speaks to some citizens to get their views about the move. 

PUNE: While citizens were irked due to the upward hike in the petrol prices for the past couple of months, they have welcomed the decision to decrease the fuel prices with a sigh of relief. Petrol will be cheaper by Rs 5 in Maharashtra, with the Central and the State governments announcing a cut of Rs 2.50 per litre each. Sakal Times speaks to some citizens to get their views about the move. 

The All India Petrol Dealers Association welcomes the Government of Maharashtra and the Centre’s decision for cutting petrol prices to help citizens and thus giving them a huge relief of Rs 5 per litre.
—Ali Daruwalla, Spokesperson, All India Petrol Dealers Association

This is a good decision, but it has been made only after protests by organisations and people. The prices should have been maintained well and then it would have been ‘acche din’. But hiking the prices too high, and then reducing them like this is not very appealing.
—Mohammad Saif, Student Activist

Petrol, or fuel of all kinds, is the blood of our economy. As consumers, fuel is so central to everything we do and consume, that it becomes absolutely necessary that the prices are stable so that other commodity prices remain stable. Because fuel is so unavoidable in our lives, it was also important that the government intervene and puncture the sky-high prices. The Rs 5 price cut is not only a welcome, but a necessary decision and is the proof of the necessity of a welfare state.
—Rupesh Patil, CA

It is a welcome move by the Union government and by the Fadnavis government in State to reduce petrol price by Rs 5. The international crude oil prices are falling but the government is unable to pass the benefit to the common man due to the humongous fuel subsidy bill of the UPA era. Having said this, people of Maharashtra shell out the highest amount of money to purchase fuel which is something that troubles the electorate and a Rs 5 reduction in petrol price comes as a huge relief.
—Abhishek Raskar, Advocate

Reducing the price of petrol by Rs 2.50 is great, but how can we be happy when this cut in the price has come so late after the petrol price has gone over Rs 90 per litre? But still, it will bring some relief for everyday commuters.
—Nupur Das, IT Professional

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