Chennai: Supply of LPG cylinders to households
and commercial establishments are likely to be affected in
Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka in the next two to three days
as owners of over 4,000 LPG tankers have decided to intensify
their `indefinite strike,` which they began on January 12.
The Southern Region LPG Tanker Lorry Transport Owners
Association, which is spearheading the strike, is pressing for
various demands, including renewal of tenders by oil marketing
Association President Ponnambalam said over 4,000 lorries
have been off the roads since January 12. "Yes, the strike is
still going on. All the lorries are off the roads", he said.
He said supply of LPG did not suffer during the festive
season as many lorries distributed the load. "There may be
some shortage of LPG supply in the next 2-3 days", he said.
He said they had not received any information from any oil
marketing firms for further discussions and hoped there would
soon be a meeting with officials. "So far nobody has contacted
us", he said.
An IOCL spokesperson confirmed that LPG supply may be
affected in the next two to three days. "As of now, there is
no problem with supply. But we expect it would happen in the
coming days", he said, adding they are geared up to manage the
situation if it worsens.