Jamshedpur : Indefinite strike by owners of oil tankers attached to Indian Oil Corporation Ltd’s (IOCL) has taken a toll on the supply of petrol and diesel in the steel city.
Tanker operators of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) also joined the strike today.
The strike was called by the Tankers Owners Welfare Association, Jamshedpur (TOWAJ) since Tuesday. The strike failed to have any impact on the fuel supply, but after the HPCL and BPCL joined the strike, the situation has become serious.
Dozens of two-wheeler riders and car owners were seen standing up in front of a HPCL petrol pump at Sakchi .
Secretary, Umesh Chandra Bhagat said that they will continue their strike unless a solution to their problem is not found out. He said they have been motivated after the tanker operators of the two remaining oil companies, HPCL and BPCL have also joined the strike.
Bhagat, when asked, said that for the IOCL, Jamshedpur depot a tender was floated in July last when it was a precondition for the tanker operators to provide brand new tankers for the oil supply purpose.
The TOWAJ secretary also confirmed about the seizure of five oil tanker from Ranchi en route to Jamshedpur and the subsequent release of those tankers after the intervention by the local police.
Another spokesman for the tanker lorry operators said today that they were determined to continue the strike unless the oil companies considered their grievances.
The threat of a prolonged strike comes even as a spokesman for an oil company said here today that the fuel supply situation would last for two days and if the strike prolonged.
A number of vehicle owners were seen returning disappointed at the pump at the Circuit House was close due to non-supply of fuel today. Prabhakar Singh , manager of the service station said, “We sold fuel till 1 pm today, but as no fresh supply came due to the strike today the stock exhausted.
We were compelled to close the service station.” The association had stopped lifting and supply of petrol and diesel to the pumps since in protest.