The strike by gas tankers was withdrawn on Saturday afternoon because the Indian Oil Corp placed on maintain the brand new transportation charges amid a disaster at tons of of filling stations in south Bengal, their affiliation stated.
Hundreds of gas pumps in south Bengal, together with Kolkata, ran dry because of the strike that started on Thursday night, sellers stated.
The tankers’ affiliation at IOC’s Mourigram depot in Howrah, which serves the area, was on strike over the discount in gas transportation charges as a brand new tender was floated.
“IOC extended the existing rates so that more negotiations can take place and normal supply can be maintained,” West Bengal Tankers’ Association’s Mourigram unit secretary Rajkumar Chatterjee advised PTI.
An IOC spokesperson confirmed that the strike was withdrawn however didn’t disclose the small print of the deal struck with the gas transporters.
The strike affected round 900-1,000 gas pumps within the area, impacting public transport, motion of important provides and personal automobiles, the sellers stated.
The strike was withdrawn at a time the IOC was planning to hurry gas to a couple pumps from its Haldia and different depots to fulfill the demand in Kolkata, South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Howrah, Hooghly and North 24 Parganas — the city agglomerate.
IOC has gas depots in Haldia, Durgapur, Mourigram, Malda and Siliguri within the state.
The tankers’ affiliation was additionally protesting towards the termination of providers of 60 tankers.
“When costs are spiralling, how can IOC slash the fuel transportation rates? They also terminated services of 60 tankers in their new tender,” affiliation secretary Chatterjee stated.
“The survival of many people is associated with these tankers,” he added.
The IOC spokesperson earlier stated that comparable tenders have been floated even for Siliguri, Durgapur, Haldia and Malda terminals within the final one 12 months.
“Such a tender is floated every five years for the deployment of tank trucks and the last one was floated in 2014. The tender was due since April 2020, which was deferred due to requests from the transporters on account of the pandemic,” he stated.
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