Over 3,000 petrol pumps across West Bengal have joined for a one-day strike in Kolkata and neighbouring areas will remain shut for 24 hours from 6am on Tuesday.
The effect could be witnessed more in the city than the districts as 1,335 retailers of two oil companies, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL), are likely to join the strike, in contrast to outlets of Indian Oil Corporation.
While IOC has more pumps than other companies combined in Bengal, BPCL and HPCL together outnumber it in Kolkata.
Indian Oil Dealers Forum will not join the strike on Tuesday, which means the majority of its 1,420-odd pumps, including those in Kolkata, will remain open.
The 24-hour strike call has been given by the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association demanding ethanol-free petrol during the monsoon months of June, July and August.