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Fuel stop on day 3 of petrol strike


Jency Jacob,CNN-IBN
Nov 22, 2006 at 08:43am IST

Mumbai: Queues of vehicles lined up at a South Mumbai petrol pump reflects the sense of urgency among consumers to fill their tanks before stocks run out for petrol pumps across Maharashtra have stopped taking fresh fuel stocks from the oil companies and some of them are running dry.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Petroleum Dealers' Association claims that out of 250 plus petrol pumps in Mumbai, 100 have already gone dry and are turning consumers back.

Nonettheless, the fact remains that lack of wholehearted support by many of the petroleum dealers has resulted in limited response to the strike.

Depsite all of this, the state government is in no mood to relent and is unlikely to offer any concessions on the high sales tax.

It is in fact depending on just 30 company-owned petrol outlet in the city to bail it out during the strike, but it's the Mumbaikars who are in for a tough tine on Wednesday.

(With inputs from Saquib Malik)

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