Highway blockade hits supply position:Fuel pumps run dry in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 11:
Kashmir is facing acute shortage of petrol as hundreds of oil tankers are
stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for several days.
closed for last several days. Hundreds of trucks and oil tankers are stranded
on road for past many days. If weather permits, we will clear the stranded
vehicles tomorrow,” said an official of traffic police department.
Most of the fuel
stations are running dry across the valley.
In Srinagar, many fuel stations had displayed placards reading “no
petrol”. Many customers were seen fuming after pump stations pleaded
“Oil tankers are
not allowed to pass through Chenani-Nashree-Tunnel unlike other trucks. The
tankers are compelled to follow old Patnitop stretch which is in a dilapidated
state. Hundreds of tankers are stranded on the road,” said Shuja Wani, one of
the petroleum dealers.
Wani said almost
all petrol pumps in the valley are running dry. “Around 100-200 oil tankers are
stranded on the Highway. All three petroleum companies have run out of stock in
the valley. Even If any pump station has any stock available, it will dry up
within few hours given the rush of people. The blockade of national highway
during winters is causing huge inconvenience to the people,” Wani said.
A spokesperson of
Kashmir Valley Tank Owner and Petroleum Dealer Association has appealed the
authorities to allow fuel tankers to cross through Chenani-Nashree-Tunnel so
that they could reach the valley at the earliest.