MYSURU: Motorists were taken by surprise after private petrol bunks in Mysuru district of Karnataka downed shutters to protest the daily revision of fuel prices, which came into effect today.
The strike had originally been called by the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT) but it was called off this morning. But 400 private petrol pumps went ahead with it anyway.
Unaware of the strike, commuters queued up at petrol bunks operated by private petrloeum refiners Reliance and Shell, which are not part of the daily revision plan and therefore the strike.
Consumers had to wait for as long as 45 minutes to fill up. "We thought the strike had been called off. However, in the morning, I heard that petrol pumps would be shut today,’ said Mahesh, a motorist after refueling at a Shell petrol station in Mandawadi Road.
While the shutdown affected consumers in Mysuru, motorists in Bengaluru were largely unaffected. The Bengaluru unit of the Karnataka Petroleum Dealers Association continued to sell its stock of petroleum while temporarily halting fresh purchases.
Petrol bunk owners said they would incur losses on inventory due to frequent fluctuations if prices go down. The general secretary of the Akhila Karnataka Federation of Petroleum Traders, Ranjit Hegde said revision of fuel prices should be done weekly, not daily.
He said the protest would intensify if the government did not reconsider its decision