Indane bottling plants of Indian Oil Corporation Limited at Negamam and Perundurai ran out of bulk LPG stock and came to a halt on Wednesday.
The strike by the Bulk LPG Transport Truckers entered the sixth day on Wednesday demanding hiring of all trucks bullet tankers and upward revision in transportation charges.
The Indane bottling plant at Salem stopped production on Tuesday afternoon itself. The refill loads supplied during the last five days is expected to cater to the refill requirements of the consumers in Coimbatore region for the next few days. Officials are pinning hopes for a solution in the talks between the Petroleum Corporations and truck operators scheduled to be held in New Delhi on Wednesday night.
The situation is said to be the same in respect of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation bottling plant at Kanjikode in Kerala.
Bharatgas bottling plant of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Peelamedu/Ganapathy are functioning as usual, as these bottling plants are fed by rail and not by road. Sources also said that in the event of the talks failing to resolve the strike, Indane will be left to either source bulk LPG or take cylinders from Bharatgas plant from Ganapathy.