VISAKHAPATNAM: Members of the Visakhapatnam Oil-Tanker Owners’ Association (VOTOA) went on a lightning strike Friday morning. However, they called off the agitation in the evening after successful negotiations by the traffic police.
The traffic police recently imposed some restrictions over plying of heavy vehicles on the city roads. Heavy vehicles like have been prevented from plying on the city roads from 8 am to 8 pm. The entry of heavy vehicles like tippers, tankers and others on the city roads has been banned to ensure hassle- free traffic. The police are registering cases against the vehicles violating the restrictions including oil tankers.
Protesting against the restrictions, the VOTOA suddenly stopped all oil-tankers at Malkapuram where oil industries HPCL, BPCL and IOCL are located.
Over 700 oil-tankers ply on the city roads daily carrying fuel from BPCL, IOCL and HPCL to various places. The VOTOA has requested the traffic police for relaxation from the restrictions considering the oil-tankers as essential commodity vehicles.
Later, in the evening, the police exempted the oil-tankers from the restrictions.
President of VOTOA TA Naidu said that ADCP (Traffic) K Mahendra Patrudu accepted the VOTOA demand and temporarily lifted the ban on oil-tankers’ movement in the city during the restricted hours. However, the relaxation was only on temporary basis, a final decision would be taken only after the new police commissioner of Visakhapatnam takes charge, Naidu said.
In the late evening, fuel was loaded into the tankers and the vehicle movement resumed.