A beeline to Puducherry not for booze, but fuel

Cuddalore locals frequent Pondy after VAT hike

Published: 11th March 2017 06:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th March 2017 06:38 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

CUDDALORE  : It’s not just the juiceheads who see Puducherry as their dream land. For the last three days, motorists in Cuddalore are making a beeline in Puducherry.  

It’s not for buying liquor, but to fill fuel in their vehicles. Thanks to revision in VAT by Tamil Nadu government a few days ago, the petrol and diesel prices have gone up by `3.78 and `1.70 a litre, respectively. 

At the same time, a litre of petrol in the union territory is cheaper by `7 and diesel by `3.50, when compared to that of Tamil Nadu. 

The petrol bunks in Puducherry are just three km away from Cuddalore border. 
Sources said many motorists had been thronging the petrol stations to get their vehicle tanks filled.

“If I fill my motorbike tank for `700 from a Puducherry petrol bunk, I will gain an extra litre of petrol. Many are bringing empty water bottles along with them and are filling them as well,” said a resident of Cuddalore who was waiting in line at a petrol bunk at Kanniyakoil in Puducherry. 

Cars in Cuddalore taxi stands and autorickshaws are also going to these petrol bunks to get fuel. 
A staff at a petrol bunk in Puducherry said he had been seeing more vehicles at the fuel station nowadays. “Now our petrol stations are witnessing a sales of 300 to 400 litres of fuel per day,” he said.

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