Chennai: Supply of petrol and diesel are likely to be affected as the petrol pump operators have decided to join the one-day strike on April 23 given by the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders demanding a hike in commission they get on fuel sales call.

Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers' Association and part of Federation of All India Petroleum Traders spearhead the agitation said that all petrol pump owners in the atste would observe a one-day token strike on April 23.

The association also threatened to go for an indefinite strike from April 29 midnight. “We hope our demands will be met. If it does not happen, we will go for an indefinite strike from midnight of April 29. The petrol pump operators' demands include implementation of the Apoorva Chandra Committee recommendations,” Association president R Kannan said.

The committee has recommended a dealer commission of 0.39 paisa per litre on petrol and 0.17 paisa a litre on diesel. According to Kannan, “They are offering only 0.27 paisa for petrol and 0.15 paisa for diesel.”

"We are also against the mushrooming of new petrol pumps by the three oil marketing companies. They are only taking away our profits and sales..", he said, adding, in the last eight years the presence of petrol pumps has only doubled.

According to statistics, before 2004 there were (approximately) 1200 petrol pumps operating in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, but now it has gone up to over 3000.