Nagpur: Petroleum dealers in the Vidarbha region have not filled their stock at all on Tuesday as part of statewide protests demanding a higher margin on sales from oil marketing companies. The city is also estimated to have around 100 retail outlets.
Dealers also say that the fuel prices have almost doubled since the year 2017, but the margins of the dealers have remained the same. Along with this, recently the dealers have also complained of unauthorized rationing in diesel supply, Which the companies have completely denied.
The owners of outlets also affiliated with the All India Naira Dealers Association have also demonstrated in front of Naira Energy’s depot in Wardha. The association has also said that although the protest was completely peaceful, it has completely stopped the fuel tankers from being filled from the depot.
Naira is also a private company having a network of energy depots and filling outlets.
Oil marketing companies had ensured
There have also been mixed reports of the impact of the strike on consumers. There are also about two major dealer associations operating in the city. These are also All India Naira Dealers and the FAMPEDA.
Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers’ Association (FAMPEDA) Managing Committee member Vilas Salpekar has also said that there was no impact on the consumers at all as the outlets already had enough stock. He has also said that even though there was no purchase at all, the sale continued smoothly.
Sources have also said that the oil marketing companies had ensured almost a day before that there was absolutely enough stock with the filling stations. A source said that however, the entire day-long strike will not have any financial impact on the oil companies. It will also lead to logistical constraints. The supply will have to be extended the very next day as well.
Rohit Jamthani of the Naira Dealers Association has also said that about 20% of the pumps, including his own, had dried up without a purchase movement.