Confusion and anxiety gripped Pune’s petrol dealers as rumors of a potential strike by tanker drivers swirled, with no official confirmation forthcoming. The Pune Petrol Dealers Association president, Dhruv Ruparel, stated that despite widespread speculation on social media and video platforms, the association has not received any formal notification about the strike.
Pune, with its 900 petrol pumps, relies on a mix of logistic arrangements for fuel transportation. While some dealers manage their own logistics, others depend heavily on tanker drivers associated with major oil companies like IOCL, HPCL, and BPCL. If the rumored strike, spanning from January 1st to 3rd, 2024, materializes, it could significantly disrupt the seamless supply of petrol and diesel across the district.
Appealing to the driver and transporter community, Ruparel urged them to reconsider the strike, highlighting the potential for severe consequences on the essential fuel supply chain and the livelihoods of the general public. With uncertainty casting a shadow over the situation, the PDA and its members are closely monitoring developments, hoping for clear communication and a swift resolution to avert disruptions in the critical fuel supply network.
The potential strike stems from concerns raised by tanker drivers regarding their working conditions and compensation. While the exact nature of their demands remains unclear, the possibility of a disruption in fuel supply has rattled Pune residents, who are already grappling with rising fuel prices and economic uncertainties.
The PDA has called for open communication and dialogue between stakeholders to address the drivers’ concerns and find a solution that prioritizes both their well-being and the uninterrupted supply of fuel to the city. The coming days will be crucial in determining the course of action and ensuring a smooth flow of petrol and diesel in Pune.
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