A petrol shortage is expected as the Oil Tanker Association has announced a nationwide strike and demanded a 100% increase in fare on local routes and 50% increase on long routes after the recent hike in petroleum prices.
According to the details, there is a fear of a petrol shortage across the country as the Oil Tanker Association has gone on a countrywide strike, which is going to cause a massive disruption to the supply chain.
Furthermore, the Oil Companies Advisory Council (OCAC) has also apprised the Petroleum Division regarding disruption in the supply caused by the oil tankers’ nationwide strike. A spokesperson of the OCAC said that loading of tankers was halted at Port Qasim’s Korangi-Keamari Terminal along with supply operation on Janglot, Sahala and Shikarpur oil depots.
The Oil Tanker Association has demanded a 100% increase in local fares along with 50% increase for long routes from the government. Moreover, the association has also demanded a share in the White Oil Pipeline (WOP).
It is pertinent to mention that a protest was staged in different areas of Karachi with banners at parking and office areas. Additionally, a large number oil tankers were parked in different areas of Karachi.
The OCTA President has stated that supply operations are being closed across the country and advised to meet demands in order to continue normal operations. He detailed that total number of oil and new vehicles is more than 10,000.
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