Ghaziabad petrol pumps not ready to dispense cash
A day after the government announced that petrol pumps would give cash up to Rs2,000 after swiping of credit/debit cards, a majority of the petrol pumps in the city could not initiate the facility on Friday and residents continued to rush to banks and ATMs to get new notes.noida Updated: Nov 19, 2016 00:27 IST
A day after the government announced that petrol pumps would give cash up to Rs2,000 after swiping of credit/debit cards, a majority of the petrol pumps in the city could not initiate the facility on Friday and residents continued to rush to banks and ATMs to get new notes.
According to the Ghaziabad and Hapur Petroleum Dealers’ Association, Ghaziabad city and neighbouring Hapur have nearly 100 petrol pumps and most dealers are wondering how they will procure cash for disbursal.
“The facility could not start in the city on Friday due to some issues. First, cash should be made available to us for disbursement. Second, there has to be availability of police personnel to handle the long queues that will form at petrol pumps as a result of disbursal. Once these two issues are resolved, the facility would be feasible for both the general public and petrol pump owners,” said Jaiveer Singh, president of the association.
Meanwhile, vehicle owners continue to face problems getting change at petrol pumps where attendants are now asking their customers to fill up petrol worth Rs500 or Rs1,000 or pay the exact amount if they want to get petrol for less. The petrol pumps have been authorised by the government to accept scrapped notes till November 24.
“My scooty’s tank can’t be filled for more than Rs350. Nowadays, all petrol pumps ask us to fill up petrol worth at least Rs500, which is not possible. Otherwise they tell us to get the change. This has been happening ever since demonetisation,” said Ayush Sinha of Kavi Nagar.
Petrol pump owners said they are left with no change to return to customers.
“Nowadays, there is hardly any change available with us. Earlier, local businessmen would take packets of lower denomination notes such as Rs10, Rs20, Rs50 and Rs100 etc for conducting transactions. Today, I only have Rs10 packet left and nothing else. How do we give change to all customers?” said KK Garg, owner of Shiva Automobiles petrol pump at GT Road.
“Most of our customers are now paying in the old Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes to get petrol filled up. They are getting the balance amount noted on the back of the cash memo and will collect the amount from us later,” he said, adding that petro pumps will need for staff and infrastructure if they are to provide the card swipe facility.
District supplies officer DN Srivastava did not take calls over the issue.
Petrol pump owners also said that there was a surge in sales during the first three days after the demonetisation was announced on November 8.
“Sales doubled in the first three days. All the change we had was exhausted in the process. Now, sales have returned to normal, but returning change to customers is a persistent issue. Almost 70% of the customers still arrive with Rs500 and Rs1,000 notes,” said Gunjan Gupta, owner of Top Fuel near Thakurdwara Temple.