NE LPG transporters launch indefinite protest over IOCL tender rate

Activities in the eight bottling plants in the region came to a standstill.

The North East Packed LPG Transporter Association (NEPLTA), the members of which transport cylinders from bottling plants to dealers, have launched an indefinite ‘non-cooperation’ protest from Wednesday against the fresh tender floated by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), with a rate lower than the existing one.

Activities in the eight bottling plants in the region–North Guwahati, Sarpara, Gopanari, Duliajan, Silchar, Sekmai (Manipur), Dimapur (Nagaland) and Bongaigaon – came to a standstill with scarcity of LPG cylinders looming if the protest prolonged.

“We had intimated the IOCL authorities and had given them a month’s time but they have neither extended the tender submission date nor closed the tender bid submission date. By this, IOCL authority had violated the conditions of the previous meet,” the association’s advisor Kumud Nath informed on Wednesday.

Nath said that the association had informed the IOCL authorities that the non-cooperation would be withdrawn only after cancellation or extension of the tender for a minimum of three months with closing of tender bid submission.

The association had also submitted a memorandum to the chief minister earlier wherein it was stated that the new tender rate was lower than the existing base rate whereas the cost of fuel, tyres, parts and accessories of trucks, including repair and maintenance, has increased substantially.

(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)

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