Petrol pumps run dry in Indore as tanker operators join truckers’ strike over VAT hike
Several petrol pumps in Indore went dry on Sunday as tanker operators joined the truckers’ strike over VAT hike on fuel and lifetime tax on old vehicles. The truckers’ strike entered day two on Sunday. Till now, the two-day strike has caused over Rs 300 crore revenue loss to the government and over 15 lakh trucks across the state are participating in the strike.
President of Indore Petroleum Dealers Association Rajendra Singh Vasu speaking about the situation said that many pumps became dry by Sunday evening and the remaining ones will run out of fuel by Monday noon giving commuters a tough time
Association of Parcel Transport and Freight Owners media coordinator Praveen Agarwal said that the government had not contacted the association to decide over their demands and as the government if not keen on taking any decision or ready to comply with our demands, the strike could continue indefinitely.
He added that on Sunday most businesses are closed and the real effect of the strike will be felt once the week starts.
However, Indore Collector Lokesh Jatav said that the things are in control and there is nothing for the people to panic. There are enough petrol and diesel stock in the district and the petrol pump owners are maintaining their stock.