Bhayandar : Months after facing price disparity owing to a hike in the Local Body Tax (LBT), petrol pump owners in Mira-Bhayandar are now in a position to dispense fuel at uniform prices as compared to their Mumbai, Thane and Vasai-Virar counterparts.

Following revision in LBT structure by the State government authorities, Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) had hiked taxes on fuel from 1.25 percent to 3.5 percent last year. Following 2.25 percent hike in LBT, prices of petrol and diesel in the twin-city had suddenly shot up by Rs. 2.23 and Rs. 1.67 respectively. This apparently resulted in a price disparity as compared to adjoining cities including Thane, Mumbai and Vasai-Virar.

The ‘Free Press Journal’ was the first newspaper to highlight the issue prompting civic administration to table a draft proposal before the State government in December 2013. Taking a serious note of the news report MBMC corporators, cutting across party lines, had also registered their protest in the general body against civic administration for the unjustified move.

“We had moved a proposal before the government authorities and immediately after getting a nod of rolling back the hike, we implemented it from April 1,” confirmed Deputy Civic Chief Vilas Dhage. There are eight fuel stations in Mira-Bhayandar region which dispense an average of 60 to 70 thousand litres of petrol and 1 to 1.25 lakh litres of diesel per day. The current prices of petrol and diesel stand at Rs. 79.51 and Rs. 65.02 respectively.

Suresh Golani

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