Activist Anna Hazare’s anti-graft campaign has translated into an increase in profits for a petrol pump located just outside Ramlila Ground, thanks to the unending stream of vehicles and media vans.
Pragati Service Station on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg is selling an additional 1,500 litres of petrol and diesel since Friday, August 19, with diesel forming a major chunk of the sales due to around 50 media vans stationed outside the ground, with diesel generators running 24X7.
“Usually, we sell around 4,000litres of diesel daily. These days, we are selling more than 5,000litres because of the media vans and the cabs parked here all day long,” said an attendant.
The sales here have increased from an approximate Rs 1.7 lakh to over Rs 2 lakh. “Petrol sales have also increased by 500 litres, an increase of about R30,000,” added the attendant.
The service station was particularly satisfied that the roads around the gas station were not closed, like in June, when Baba Ramdev’s agitation against black money took place at the same site. “Thank god it didn’t happen this time. We all support Annaji’s cause. There is something about him which convinces us that he will succeed in his endeavour,” he added.