Nearly, 60 percent of the petrol bunks across western Tamil Nadu have gone dry as the protest by members of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers' Association entered into third day. Since Monday, dealers have refused to purchase fuel from oil companies, causing many bunks to go dry.
Many dealers have also started rationing their fuel.
More than 700 TNPDA members have begun an indefinite stop-purchase protest to press their demands. These include withdrawal of discounts offered by fuel outlets run by the Lorry Owners Associations (LOA) in various districts.
Small dealers say that oil companies are encouraging business from lorry owner's association outlets by selling fuel at discounted rates and they want the oil companies to withdraw the discount offered.
Starting February 9, oil companies announced Rs 2.11 discount from the base price for the purchase of diesel. If members of Petroleum Dealers' Association continue their indefinite protest of refusing to purchase petrol and diesel from oil companies, which began on Monday, 50 percent of petrol bunks across Western Tamil Nadu are likely to go dry.
Bunks in Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Karur, Erode and Coimbatore districts will be among the most affected if the strike continues. More than 400 fuel outlets run by members of the Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association had also begun an indefinite stop-purchase protest to press their demands which include withdrawal of discounts offered by fuel outlets run by the Lorry Owners Associations in various districts.
Many motorists were seen queuing up in Coimbatore and Erode city bunks on Wednesday evening, fearing lack of availability of fuel. Meanwhile, in Salem, motorists are struggling to fill their tanks. The situation in Chennai is relatively better with companies supplying fuel through company owned petrol pumps.