Commuters suffer, people feel the pinch amid rise in cost of essential commodities | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: There were long queues at fuel stations, vegetable prices continued to rise and goods vehicles remained stranded at various places on Friday due to the strike by drivers of commercial vehicles. Later in the day, the Drivers’ Ekta Mahamancha called off their strike after three days, much to the relief for the common people.
Many fuel stations ran dry due to lack of supply of petrol and diesel by tankers as many of the drivers had joined the agitation. Panic buying by customers was at its peak on Thursday. Normally, around 3.3 lakh litres of fuel are sold in the city daily, but the quantity shot up to 8.25 lakh litres on Thursday.
“I thought the strike may continue and it will create problems in getting fuel for my vehicle. That forced me to fill my car. I waited in a long queue to fill the tank,” said Pritish Behera, a marketing professional.
Sanjay Kumar Lath, general secretary of the Utkal Petroleum Dealers Association, said the petrol stations which have their own tankers with drivers could manage to get fuel, but those which depend on tankers of other agencies failed to get supplies.”We hope the situation will become normal by Friday evening. But fuel stations across the state will take some time to return to normalcy,” said Lath.
As many trucks transporting goods, vegetables and essential commodities were stranded at different places, prices have shot up due to a gap between supply and demand. Many trucks carrying materials for construction projects were stuck at different places.
Odisha Byabasayee Mahasangh general secretary Sudhakar Panda said several trucks were stranded at different places due to the strike. “Many trucks and other transport vehicles could not run as their drivers were supporting the stir. We had requested the government to help the trucks supplying perishable goods to reach their destinations. This protest has definitely affected our business and normalcy,” he added.
Members of the drivers’ outfit staged a demonstration in Sambalpur after the arrest of around 100 agitators.

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