Motorists rue petrol crisis; Govt says shortage over
Srinagar, Feb 27: Even though the government is claiming that sufficient stock of petrol has reached valley, petrol pumps continue to run short of fuel, resulting in huge difficulties to the commuters.
Valley is totally dependent on the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the transportation of petrol and other essentials.
The closure of the highway, as such, has resulted in the stranding of number of petrol tankers.
“For the last few days, commuters are having tough time. The vehicles of number of commuters are running short of petrol, forcing them to keep their vehicles at home. The claims of the government are in contrast to the ground situation,” said Bashir Ahmad who was harrowingly waiting at an empty petrol pump here on M A Road.
Another commuter, Javeed Mir at Khanyar alleged that some stock had reached valley but “has been kept at the disposal of armed forces.”“The government should have stored enough quantity of petrol. It is not for the first time we are seeing the closure of National Highway for such a long time. Something is fishy. They are trying to restrict our movement,” he said.
A rickshaw driver, Sajad Sheikh at Khayam, said that he was not able to earn his livelihood because of the shortage of fuel.“I visited every filling station but didn’t get petrol. The shortage of petrol has affected my many of us, our livelihood is at stake,” he said.
However, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, said that sufficient quantities of fuel stocks have arrived in Kashmir and it was important that distribution and then provision was monitored in order to ensure judicious use of stocks.
He said that distribution to all 46 fuel stations in the district will be completed by Wednesday evening. “Upto 6PM a total number of 274 Tankers and Trucks crossed Jawahar Tunnel which included 81 LPG trucks, 67 petrol loaded tankers, 91 diesel tankers, and 35 Kerosene oil tankers meanwhile more than 300 tankers are in transit and are expected to reach Kashmir valley shortly,” a government handout said on Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan too reviewed the availability of stocks and distribution process with Deputy Commissioners, Director FCS&CA and other senior officers in a meeting convened here on the day. He said that sufficient stocks have been received and further additional supply is in transit.