Pumps across Haryana to go on ‘no pur­chase’ strike from to­day

Hindustan Times (Bathinda) - - PUNJAB & HARYANA - Rash­pal Singh rash­pal.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Ve­hi­cle own­ers in the city may be in for some in­con­ve­nience as petrol pump own­ers have de­cided to go on a two-day ‘no pur­chase’ strike from Fri­day.

This means that pump own­ers will not pur­chase fuel from oil com­pa­nies and once their ex­ist­ing stocks are ex­hausted, con­sumers will be left in the lurch.

All Haryana Petrol Pump Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced on Thurs­day that the pumps own­ers across Haryana will not pur­chase fuel from com­pa­nies in protest against the sys­tem of daily pric­ing of petrol and diesel.

More than 2,800 petrol pumps in Haryana, in­clud­ing 135 in Gur­gaon, will take part in the strike.

The state-run oil com­pa­nies In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited, Bharat Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited and Hin­dus­tan Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited de­cided ear­lier this month to re­vise petrol and diesel prices ev­ery day to be in sync with in­ter­na­tional rates, start­ing June 16.

Com­pa­nies de­cided this af­ter try­ing the model in Jamshed­pur, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Visakha­p­at­nam and Udaipur.

“We are suf­fer­ing losses ev­ery day and the gov­ern­ment is ig­nor­ing it. Apart from the has­sle of daily chang­ing the au­toma­tion of dis­pens­ing ma­chines, the new sys­tem will cause us a fi­nan­cial loss. This is a two-day to­ken strike but if com­pa­nies do not re­view their de­ci­sion even af­ter 15 days, we will go on an in­def­i­nite strike,” said Di­nesh Goyal, pres­i­dent of All Haryana Petrol Pump Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

He said the prices should be fixed and when fluc­tu­a­tions hap­pen in in­ter­na­tional prices – be it a loss or a gain– it should be borne by the oil com­pa­nies.

Man­ish Ya­dav, pres­i­dent, Gur­gaon petrol pump deal­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion, said pumps own­ers in Gur­gaon will also join the strike.

“Fuel is daily sup­plied to pumps and a two-day no pur­chase strike means there will be a short­age of fuel,” Ya­dav said.

Petrol pumps get sup­ply in the morn­ing and evening. The evening sup­ply caters to con­sumers till the next day af­ter­noon. This means the pumps will start run­ning dry from Fri­day af­ter­noon.


Once stocks are ex­hausted, most pumps in Gur­gaon will run dry by Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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