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Truckers Protest Long Queues at Petrol Pumps

By Waseem
Published at 02/01/2024

In a tense atmosphere, long queues formed at petrol pumps in Nagpur as residents rushed to fill their vehicle tanks amid fears of an impending fuel shortage. The anxiety stems from the ongoing protest by truck drivers, who are expressing their discontent against a provision in the new penal law related to hit-and-run accident cases.

Under the recently introduced Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, replacing the colonial-era Indian Penal Code, drivers involved in a serious road accident caused by negligent driving could face up to 10 years in prison if they flee without informing the police or any administration official.
 
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Chetan Modi, President of the Petrol Dealers Association in Mumbai, informed that the agitation by truck drivers since Monday has significantly impacted the fuel supply to petrol pumps, leading to a noticeable depletion in fuel levels. He warned that if the supply situation persists, a majority of pumps may run out of fuel.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Food, Civil Supply and Consumer Protection Department on Monday urged the police to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted supply of petrol, diesel, and LPG cylinders in the market. Additionally, the department requested appropriate action under the Essential Commodities Act against drivers and transporters causing interruptions in the supply of petroleum products.

As the standoff between truckers and authorities continues, residents in Nagpur remain on edge, navigating long queues and uncertainties at petrol pumps, hoping for a swift resolution to the crisis.

Impact on Businesses:

Delivery services, logistics companies, and businesses with fleets of vehicles are struggling to maintain their usual operations. The economic repercussions of this fuel crisis are beginning to unfold, raising concerns about the overall impact on the region's economy.

Advice for Citizens:
 
 
In Nagpur, the truck drivers' protest has triggered panic buying, prompting people to queue up at petrol pumps since Monday night. Nagpur Collector Dr. Vipin Itankar reassured the public on Tuesday, stating that there is an ample stock of petrol, diesel, and LPG. He urged residents not to succumb to rumors and avoid unnecessary crowding at petrol pumps.

Citizens are advised to carefully plan their travel and to avoid unnecessary fuel consumption if the travel is not essential. With the potential for a fuel shortage in the coming days, it is recommended to consider alternative options such as carpooling and utilizing available public transportation where feasible.

 
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