FRIDAY TURNED out to be a harrowing experience for the city commuters. The occasion was an indefinite strike by petrol pump dealers, which gave people many anxious moments on and off the roads. They waded through serpentine queues to reach their turn at the company owned company operated (COCO) petrol pumps of PSU oil marketing majors in the city, as it was the only outlet which gave them the fuel to run. People had no option but wish that such strikes were banned.
Exactly the same scenario prevailed in the city on Friday as average filling in COCO pumps were not less than two litres for any vehicle pulling up at these stations informed a senior official from a oil marketing company.
The strike by petroleum dealers in the State Capital to protest the alleged harassment of a dealer by the HPCL officials was finally called off at 5 pm on Friday following a meeting between the company officials and office-bearers of Lucknow Petroleum Dealers Association. The strike had resulted in a major chaos at all the company owned company operated (COCO) petrol pumps of oil marketing companies as commuters had no idea whether the petrol pumps owned by dealers would open in the evening.
Lack of sufficient number of COCO petrol pumps led to major traffic hold-ups near such pumps as commuters started converging at a single point to purchase fuel. A major traffic hold-up at IOC’s petrol pump near the Gomti Nagar bridge in the morning rush hour created major problems for the office goers.