They said they will open from the afternoon, but did not specify any time
Most CNG refuelling stations and petrol pumps are slated to remain closed today as their owners have decided that unavailability of workers due to the general election will make it difficult to operate.
They said they will open from the afternoon, but did not specify any time.
Since vehicles will not be allowed on the roads from Saturday midnight, the stations will not operate as well. Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation will also not supply fuel today due to the polls.
Supposedly some stations issued closure notices forSaturday and Sunday in advance, also requesting vehicle owners to stock fuel beforehand.
State-owned Meghna Petroleum was reported to have issued such a notice for their filling stations as well.
As oil depots remain closed on general holidays, a five-day holiday with banks closed has also caused distress for station owners who need banks to remain open to make their fuel purchases.
Several petrol pumps in Dhaka’s Tejgaon, Moghbazar, Mirpur, Nilkhet and other areas were seen on the verge of shutting down. Their owners said they will open again today afternoon.
Farhan Noor, general secretary of Bangladesh Filling Station Owners’ Association, said they did not issue any notice to shut down ahead of the polls, but the decision was voluntary.
“The owners wanted to give their workers the day off to cast their votes,” he added.
Nazmul Haque, president of Petrol Pump Owners Samity said that the bank holidays and closure of depots before the election may jeopardize the resources of pumps with low capacity. “But things should return to normal once the pumps reopen.”