Do you know every time you buy diesel or petrol from your petrol pump, they charge six and four paise per litre respectively for providing toilet facilities? The owners and petroleum ministry officials have confirmed this provision exists for generating revenue for maintenance of toilets.
According to a Times of India report, the allotment condition for petrol pumps states that the petrol pumps should have proper toilet and drinking water facilities.
The ministry officials are reportedly acting against errant pumps who fail to maintain the toilets.
“Though they have their logic about inadequate revenue generated from the sale of diesel and petrol, they also get other commissions. There is a mandate and they must comply with it,” said an official, according to the TOI report.
The report also stated that most of the fuel buyers are unaware of the amount they pay for toilet maintenance, hence, the amount paid for this purpose must be mentioned in the bill and petrol pumps must display the service for public knowledge.
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“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,” said Ajay Bansal, president of All India Petroleum Dealers Association.
“We are committed to maintain toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission of government. But 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 added, according to the TOI report.
A recent survey by online community social media platform, LocalCircles, had 65% of respondents claiming it had been tough for them to locate a toilet at fuel stations in the past one year.
Bansal also complained that they have been raising the issue of ensuring water supply and sewerage connection for more than three years, nothing has been done.