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Petrol pump owners reject strike call

February 24, 2003 18:02 IST

Petrol pumps on Monday did business as usual as the day-long strike call given by Federation of All India Petroleum Traders evoked no response from the fuel station owners.

"Almost all over the country, petrol pump owners chose to ignore the call given by FAIPT to not to lift petroleum products from oil companies. Supplies of petrol and diesel were normal," petroleum ministry sources said.

Petrol pump owners ignored the FAIPT call to take deliveries as usual.

Only a few petrol pumps did not lift products but they continued to sell the products they had stocked in the past 2-3 days. "There are no reports of disruption from any part of the country."

Public sector oil firms had stocked enough supplies with petrol pumps during the last couple of days to avert any kind of disruption, they said.

FAIPT had asked its members not to lift petro products from oil companies today in protest against "high-handedness" of oil companies in name of checking adulteration.

FAIPT president Ashok Bhadwar said petrol pump dealers were being harassed for selling adulterated fuel "when the fact is that we sell products as they are supplied to us."

Alleging that adulteration of petro products happen during transit from refinery to fuel stations, he said, "We are ready for any type of testing if the same tests are also applied to the product delivered by oil companies to us."