Vehicle owners living in Karnataka close to the Goa border are driving across the border into Goa to fill their tanks with cheap petrol, and causing petrol pumps in border areas to run dry
PANAJI: Vehicle owners living in Karnataka close to the Goa border are driving across the border into Goa to fill their tanks with cheap petrol. This is understandable and natural, as in Karnataka, petrol costs Rs74 per litre, but in Goa, after the recent reduction in the price, it sells for just under Rs 55. That's a whopping Rs19 less per litre...!
The new petrol price was introduced in Goa on Saturday 31 March midnight. By Sunday evening, almost all petrol pumps around Polem, the last vaddo of border village Loliem near the Goa-Karnataka border on National Highway 17 were closed down after running out of stock.
According to the staff at a Polem petrol pump, Karnataka registration vehicles are pouring in, consuming almost 75 per cent of their stock each day.
A petrol pump owner said that this could prove problematic, as the huge queues of Karnataka vehicles will deprive local Goans of their rightful share of petrol. Asked whether it would be better if the Goa government makes a new rule that petrol should be given only to Goa registered vehicles, he said it would not be practical.
Sources say that some people are driving into Goa with vehicles that have large storage capacity fuel tanks, filling them with petrol and selling it in Karnataka at a premium, but still cheaper than the actual market price of petrol in that state.