Strike by transportation workers causes fuel shortage at stations in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Strike by the Odisha Motor Transportation Workers’ Association has resulted in shortage of petrol and diesel at various fuel stations across the state. The association resorted to strike from today opposing the proposed penalty regulations for drivers under the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita.

Members of the association have stopped loading petrol and diesel from fuel depots.

“The stock of oil has already been diminished at several petrol pumps due to the prior strike by the drivers. Although the strike was called off, only 25 to 30 percent of oil has been replenished. If the Odisha Motor Transportation Workers’ Association proceeds with its strike, there will be a severe fuel shortage across Odisha, as the supply chain will be severely disrupted. The government should take necessary measures to normalize oil supply in the state,” said Sanjay Lath, General Secretary of Utkal Petroleum Dealers’ Association.

On the other hand, Odisha Bus Owners’ Association and Odisha Truck Owners’ Association have not extended support to the strike.

“Our association has requested district administrations to ensure that bus services across the state are not disrupted by the strike and to take preventive measures against untoward incidents. We oppose the strike because passengers have not been given a 36-hour notice. While the demands are valid, passengers will bear the brunt of the strike,” said Barada Prasanna Acharya, Treasurer of Odisha Bus Owners’ Association.

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