Petrol crisis over: Govt


Tankers on way to Srinagar 

Srinagar:  The Government on Wednesday declared that the petroleum crisis is over in Kashmir and tankers are on way to Srinagar from Jammu.

“The crisis is over. No longer would the petrol pumps run dry in valley. The tankers are already on way to Srinagar and midnight would reach the summer capital,” Minister CAPD, Zulfikar Ali said.

He maintained further that though the valley had enough stock of fuel for ten days, the panic gripped people and they kept on stocking the fuel in their vehicles. “If one had to buy three litres of diesel or petrol, the person brought 10 and hence the impression of shortage of the fuel in refill pumps gripped people.” The minister said that instead of a normal purchase of 200 litres, people stocked more than 1200 litres in a day.

“This could be the possible reason of the refill stations facing paucity of petrol, otherwise no such crisis could be seen on ground,” Zulfikar said.

He maintained that he held series of talks with the oil companies and that no such issue would be witnessed by the people of valley in future.

Pertinently, Petroleum dealers in Kashmir valley earlier had raised alarm that distribution of petrol and diesel through petrol pumps in Srinagar and other areas in Kashmir was in disarray owing to what they termed shortage of fuel being supplied.

A majority of petrol pumps in Srinagar and other areas during past two days remained closed due to shortage in the supply of fuel.

Kashmir valley Petroleum dealers said the paucity of petrol and diesel had created inconvenience to the public and that the dealers had to wait for three or four days to get even inadequate supply of fuel after submitting the indent for it.

There are three major oil companies which supply oil to valley. They include Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum. Supply is being given to Kashmir valley from Jammu. “Despite that there should be a stock of two lakh and seventy thousand liters,  the depots are running dry. The oil companies have kept the depots dry and serious crisis could any time emerge on ground,” Bilal Ahmad Bhat, general secretary of Kashmir Valley Petroleum Dealers had said.

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