Do you know every time you buy diesel or petrol you pay six paise and four paise per litre respectively for proper toilet facilities at petrol pumps?
Petroleum ministry officials and petrol pump owners confirmed that this provision exists for generating revenue for maintenance of toilets. However, the latter claimed that the monthly revenue is not enough to meet the requirement.
The allotment condition for petrol pumps mandates provision for proper toilet and drinking water facilities.
Petroleum ministry officials told TOI that they are acting against errant pumps who fail to maintain the toilets.
“Though their argument about inadequate revenue generated from the sale of diesel and petrol is logical, they also get other commissions. There is a mandate and they must comply with it. We appeal people to use our Swachhta app and report the condition of toilets. These should be accessible to all,” an official said.
According to president of All India Petroleum Dealers Association, Ajay Bansal, on an average a petrol pump sells about 1.7 lakh litres of petrol and diesel and hence they get about Rs 9,000 as commission for maintenance of toilets.
“You need to keep three people for maintenance and there is overhead cost on account of water supply and other items required for toilet maintenance. Is this workable?” he asked. Read more
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