Pune: The call for ‘no-purchase day’ by the Pune Petroleum Dealers’ Association and the All India Petroleum Dealers’ Association received a partial response with only 30 per cent pumps refraining from sending tankers for refuelling on Wednesday.
Spokesperson for AIPDA, Ali Daruwalla said, “Close to 30 per cent pumps under Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd in Pune participated in the call for no purchase of fuel from oil companies. While oil company officials from the Loni Kalbhor terminal hinted that close to 35 per cent pumps under HPCL and 26 per cent pumps under BPCL did not send tankers for refuelling, sources from PPDA and AIPDA said that close to 350 petrol pumps in the district had not sent their tankers for refuelling.”
Daruwalla further said that though they received a partial response in Maharashtra, the response of pump owners pan-India has been 100 per cent. “Mumbai petrol pumps did not participate in the agitation. In Pune district, AIPDA received support from pumps at Manjari, Loni, Hadapsar, Satara Road, Camp and Indapur areas,” he said.
The Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers’ Association (FAMPEDA) did not participate in the ‘no purchase call’. AIPDA and PPDA had announced ‘no purchase day’ on Wednesday and ‘no purchase and no sale day’ on July 12 to protest against dynamic pricing of petroleum products.