Staff Reporter

Though not on strike, tankers are not plying fearing truck operators

Due to rationing, bunks sell 5 litres and 10 litres to 2-wheelers and 4-wheelers

WARANGAL: The ongoing strike by truck owners hit normal life as many petrol bunks in the district closed down for want of fuel supply.

Wholesale and retail traders in the market, too, witnessed very little activity with no supplies arriving from anywhere.

Most of the petrol bunks were closed down in the tri-cities and `no stock’ boards were seen at many bunks. If the situation continues this way, the functioning of auto-rickshaws, that constitute the backbone of local transport, may be seriously hit putting the public to inconvenience.

Joint collector K. Srinivasa Raju on Thursday went round the tri-cities inspecting petrol bunks, their stock registers and supply reports. He wanted petrol bunk owners not to exploit the situation.

The tankers which supply fuel to the bunks were not on strike but apprehending problem from the truck operators, they were not plying the vehicles.

District Petrol Bunk Owners Association secretary R. Krishnamurthy wanted the district administration to provide security to the tankers.

“There are supplies from regional centres of Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum in Godavarikhani, Warangal and Suryapet and others places. But, the tank owners are not willing to take risk due to ongoing strike by truck owners,” he said.

Meanwhile, those bunks who received fresh stock a day before the strike began, were selling fuel. Long queues could be seen at these select bunks on the outskirts of Warangal, Hanamkonda and Kazipet towns.

The petrol bunks were rationing the sale of fuel. They were selling five litres and 10 litres to two-wheelers and four-wheelers respectively to cater to the large number of consumers.

The Joint Collector stated that enough security was provided for the safe transport of oil tankers from Kondapally and Suryapet to the district.