Hyderabad: Talks between commercial taxes officials led by commissioner Anil Kumar and the representatives of Telangana Petroleum Tank Truck Owners’ Associations failed on Sunday, after which the tanker owners decided go ahead with their strike from midnight.
Petroleum dealers who also own oil tankers will join the strike from June 5. Until then, they will continue fuel supplies but tanker owners have threatened to stop these vehicles. Supply of petrol, diesel, LPG cylinders and aviation turbine fuel will be stopped from Monday. The effect is expected to be felt from the third day of the strike. Oil marketing companies and oil dealers said even if there was panic buying, supplies would last till Tuesday afternoon.
Strike may hit Telangana day fete
“There is no urgency for going on strike. The tanker owners can wait for a few days. The Telangana Formation Day is on June 2 and the strike can have its impact on its celebrations. But the tanker-owners are adamant,” said the official of an oil marketing company.
The commercial taxes officials requested the representatives of tanker owners to defer their strike by one more day as talks can be held on Tuesday on the return of principal secretary of commercial taxes from Delhi.
However, the tanker owners’ representatives led by their president K. Rajashekhar Reddy said they will go ahead with the strike unless the officials make commitment that 14.5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on transportation charges would be withdrawn.