Land prices may force Mumbai petrol pumps to close: Petition

With land prices soaring, petrol pumps in city may be asked by landlords to close down so that plots can be commercially exploited, a petition filed in the Bombay HC said on Tues.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 00:35 AM IST

Mumbai: With land prices soaring, most of the petrol pumps in the city may be asked by landlords to close down so that plots can be commercially exploited, a petition filed in the Bombay High Court said on Tuesday.

Out of 257 petrol pumps located in the city, eviction notices have already been served on 119 pumps, the petition filed by Petrol Dealers Association, Mumbai, said. There are 16 lakh motor cars, 55,000 taxis and over one lakh autorickshaws plying in the city and due to shortage of petrol pumps, the vehicles may have to go to far off places in suburbs to buy petrol, the petition said.
Mumbai: With land prices soaring, most of the petrol pumps in the city may be asked by landlords to close down so that plots can be commercially exploited, a petition filed in the Bombay High Court said on Tuesday.

Out of 257 petrol pumps located in the city, eviction notices have already been served on 119 pumps, the petition filed by Petrol Dealers Association, Mumbai, said. There are 16 lakh motor cars, 55,000 taxis and over one lakh autorickshaws plying in the city and due to shortage of petrol pumps, the vehicles may have to go to far off places in suburbs to buy petrol, the petition said.
The notification was introduced by the Maharashtra Government due to an amendment in Bombay Rent Act, which allows landlords to evict tenants. The amendment removed
protection granted to tenants. Accordingly, landlords in the city have started asking petrol pumps in upscale areas to move away.

The govt notification provides the user of the land would not be changed. Hence landlords would have to retain land for petrol pumps only and would not be able to sell or lease land for any other purpose.

PTI