: LPG bulk transporters' called off their nine-day-old strike in the early hours of Thursday but supply of cooking gas to lakhs of consumers in the State may take anything between a fortnight and a month to return to normal.

Indian Oil Corporation, with 53 per cent of the customer base in Kerala, has lost 10 shifts of bottling operations in Kochi alone since Monday.

Bottling operations are expected to restart on Friday with the quota of LPG from Bharat Petroleum Corporation's Kochi refinery.

The Southern Region Bulk LPG Transporters' Association launched the indefinite strike on February 29 demanding higher rates for transport.

Marathon discussions in Chennai called by the Tamil Nadu government resulted in the bulk transporters promising to consider an offer of revised rates for transporting cooking gas from the public sector oil marketing companies.