Long Queues Despite Prohibitory Order On Fuel Hoarding

SRINAGAR — Plastic canes and bottles in hands, people queued up at filling stations across Srinagar on Thursday, prompting the administration to reiterate strict implementation of an order issued yesterday regarding regulation of fuel sale.   

“Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Thursday directed strict implementation of an earlier order regulating sale of fuel at filling stations.

The DC was speaking at a meeting of Assistant Commissioners Food Safety and Drug Control and Deputy Controller Legal Metrology. He instructed for regular market inspection to verify quality and pricing of consumable food items and medicines,” an official spokesman said.

“The DC said sufficient quantity of fuel stocks are now available and said that there was no need for indulging in panic-consumption as is being seen at fuel stations since this morning.

He said an official has been deployed at each of the 46 fuel stations across the district to ensure strict implementation of the order prohibiting fuel storage,” the spokesman said,

The DC said reports of consumers queuing up with containers have been received from several fuel stations and asked for discouraging such stocking. “No one will be provided fuel in containers from tomorrow and that strict action will be taken against violations in the regard,” the spokesman quoted the DC as saying.

Dr Shahid Iqbal said that teams comprising officials of Food Safety, Drug Control and Legal Metrology are undertaking inspections of markets across the district to prevent overpricing of commodities and selling of consumable food items in markets.





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