Thursday, February 16, 2006

Accredited pumps and the rest

Over the last few years, oil companies in India have sought to distinguish their pumps. From the deserted airfield pumping station look, pumps have become swankier and swankier. Hindustan Petroleum for instance has Club HP petrol pumps, which are essentially upgraded versions of its pumps. Here the service is noticeably different. All of HPs pumps are not Club HP, some are still in the old mould. The same holds true for the rest of the companies too, except the newer ones.

From my observations and measurements, I think that behind this select upgradation is a story. My observations show that petrol at these upgraded pumps gives more mileage than other pumps. The story is perhaps about adulteration. I think that this is also one of the factors that goes into the "select" upgradation. Next time, fill 'er up only at accredited pumps. And feel the difference.

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