In what can be seen as one of the uncanny incidents that ever happened, a petrol pump at Nedumangad in the city of Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday out of the blue started supplying water. The petrol pump which is located at the Nedumangad municipality belongs to the Indian Oil Corporation Limited. According to the eyewitnesses, who went to buy petrol in order to refuel their vehicles were absolutely stunned when they started seeing water coming out of the vending machine instead of petrol.

This also added more frustration towards the customers who were already standing in long queues to get fuel for their vehicles. The same Indian Oil Corporation who last week assured its customers of clean toilets attached to their petrol pumps all across the state is now witnessing such an embarrassing incident where one of their petrol pumps started supplying water instead of fuel.

This has come at a time when petrol pump dealers under the United Petrol front (UPF), who earlier decided to go on a day-long strike to protest against the government, chalked off their idea to do so after oil firms, owned by the state issued warning about the cancellation of contracts. As per reports, more than 54,000 petrol pumps across the country would have remain shut if the strike went through but the latest development suggests that it’s not going to happen.   

“The director marketing of the three oil companies had appealed to us not to go on strike and so we are withdrawing the strike on their appeal,” said Ajay Bansal, President of All India Petroleum Dealers Association. The petrol traders decided that they will shut their services on October 13 by preventing any fuel sale or purchase on the day of the strike. The traders also planned to go on an indefinite strike if their demands were not met.