In Kashmir where survival is the priority, from past few days a new concern has emerged among the panicked population: petrol, which has gone rare despite official claims that stocks have been replenished.
Two days back, divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had announced
Take the case of Khursheed Ahmad Parmu, a resident of Soura locality in Srinagar.
“Today, I checked with many filling stations including the one at Millstop, Vicharnag, Ahmednagar and now Soura. I couldn’t get it,” said
Similar, has been the case with Mohammad Altaf of Harwan.
Altaf, who is involved in furnishing business, said shortage of petrol is hitting his business.
“I tried at four filling stations from Habak to Rainawari to get some petrol. So, far there has been no success. Now, somebody told me that petrol is available here, so I reached here as well,” said Altaf, waiting among the hordes of people outside the filling station at Munawarbad.
Ask anybody among the people waiting to get petrol at Munawarbad about the urgency to get petrol, they all reply in chorus: “there is prediction that weather is going to be bad till next week. So, we are not going to take any chances”.
The situation has been similar in south Kashmir. “I have been looking for petrol at Khanabal, Nai basti, Sangam from morning. I couldn’t get it,” said Muneem Farooq Itoo, a banker from Anantnag.
According to Kashmir Valley Petroleum Dealers Association (KVPDA), there are 230 filling stations in the valley of which 129 belong to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), while rest other equally belong to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited(BPCL) and HPCL(Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited).
“On an average valley has a consumption of 1.75 lakh litres of petrol daily. In winters, however, there is 60 percent decrease in the sales owing to outflow of vehicles to Jammu and other states, since many move out in their vehicles or simply keep them at home,” said Bilal Ahmad Bhat, spokesperson of KVPDA.
Bhat added due to this reason they weren’t able to store any petrol this winter.
“Otherwise, we used to have sufficient stocks for one and
Also, what is adding to petrol scarcity in Kashmir is unnecessary hoarding by people, said Bhat.
Two days back, people with jerry cans
The guideline prevents
At some filling stations including Hyderpora and Vicharnag, Bhat said over 18000 litres of petrol were sold, which usually gets consumed in three to four days.
“People are asking us to provide
After running dry for days, filling stations are witnessing
Waseem Ahmad Bhat, owner of the filling station said had a tough time dealing with
“Though police tried to help us,
However, divisional commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan claimed that sufficient stocks are available in the region.
“You have to understand that everybody is going to fetch petrol. Even those who have it,” said Khan.
Asked about why