Posted On November 19, 2016 By In Telangana And 611 Views

Petrol pumps in Hyderabad say no to scrapped notes, prefer cards instead

HYDERABAD: Board reading ‘No change for Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes,’ still welcome customers at petrol pumps. The petrol pump staff are providing fuel only if the motorists provide them change of Rs 100 or swipe a card. A vehicle rider Ramachander had arguments with petrol pump staff who refused to give him change of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations. “The staff in petrol pumps are accepting demonetised notes of Rs 5,00 and Rs 1,000 only if we get fuel for the whole amount,’’ he rued. Meanwhile, a day after the government made an announcement of dispensing cash up to Rs 2,000 at petrol pumps to reduce rush at banks, no petrol pump has initiated the process in the city. Majority of owners of fuel stations have no information from their officials. Welcoming the government’s decision, Telangana BPCL Dealers Association member Kasu Prashanth Reddy told Express that this would help public get cash at fuel stations by swiping credit/debit cards. “The banks are supposed to deposit cash at petrol pumps for the purpose of dispensing cash up to Rs 2,000. However, there was no proper communication from banks in this regard. Initially, the officials had plans to initiate the process in rural localities. In phased manner, the banks would co-ordinate with petrol pump officials in dispensing cash to customers in Hyderabad and Secunderabad,” Reddy said. “We don’t have any information regarding dispensing cash to the customers by swiping cards. Even we suffer due to change scarcity and this would be additional burden,’’ said Ramesh, staff of a petrol pump located at Industrial locality in Balanagar.

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