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Fuel, fuel and fuel: Public queuing up to get fuel supplies at a retail outlet in Karur on Friday.
Fuel, fuel and fuel: Public queuing up to get fuel supplies at a retail outlet in Karur on Friday.

Staff Reporter

People put to a lot of hardship as the fuel stations supplied fuel on ration

KARUR: Public in general and motorists in particular heaved a sigh of relief as the oil sector officers’ strike was lifted on Friday, paving the way for fuel supplies resumption.

Since Thursday evening only a couple of the total 48 fuel stations in Karur town functioned. In the others supplies dried up fast leaving many motorists in the lurch.

Vehiclists were put to a lot of hardship as the fuel stations supplied Rs. 100 worth fuels for two-wheeler and Rs. 300 for four-wheeler on ration.

Many people were forced to walk to nearby fuel stations with plastic and jerry cans to take fuel to their dried up vehicles.

Over the past two days the public were expecting trouble on the fuel front as first the oil sector officers’ went on strike affecting filling and marketing at the depot.

Since Thursday oil tankers too joined the on going strike by lorry operators who were keeping off the road to highlight their charter of demands including reduction in price of diesel.The woes of the motorists slowly decreased as the news of resumption in supplies trickled in.

Attur depot

The huge oil depot of the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited at Attur near here came alive again.

Around 50 of the 280 tankers on contract with the BPCL were loaded by Friday evening.

The tankers on contract have not joined the strike called by other lorry and tanker operators.

“We are ready to operate the vehicles now, provided adequate police escort is given to our vehicles. If there is any problem en route we will be forced to halt there itself and that is what troubles the most,” said President of the Tanker Drivers and Cleaners Welfare Association Krishnan.

Adequate police reinforcement could not be provided for escort duty immediately as units have been discharged to Thirumangalam for the by-election work.

The first consignment out of Attur were routed to TNSTC depots so that the Corporation buses could be operated without any trouble. Gradually other private fuel retail outlets would be replenished, sources said.

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