Huge rush continues at petrol stations as officials try to allay shortage fears

Huge rush continues at petrol stations as officials try to allay shortage fears
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ARIF RASHID

SRINAGAR: A huge rush of people and vehicles were witnessed at various petrol pumps buying diesel and petrol in Srinagar city on Thursday due to the shortage of petroleum from the last few days.
Queues of people holding cans to take petrol and diesel and a long rush of vehicles were seen at many petrol pumps in Lal Chowk, Tangpora, Umerabad and other areas in the outskirts of the city.
Gulzar Ahmad, an autodriver, said, “When I reached at the M. A. Road filling station, there was a lot of rush of vehicles and people there. It took me two hours to get any petrol.”
“From the last few weeks, the shortage of petrol has increased in the Kashmir valley. People are feeling more and more panic due to the shortage of the supply,” Ishfaq Ahmad, a resident of Bemina, told Kashmir Reader.
“The closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway is the main reason for the shortage of the supplies,” he said.
Bilal Bhat , spokesperson of the Kashmir Valley Petroleum Dealers Association, said the petrol crisis which people had faced from the last few days has been solved now.
“There was only shortage of the petrol, and now the filling stations have received the petrol, so now people are taking the petrol from them,” Bhat said.
He also said that “The police has been deployed in various petrol pumps to manage the rush of the people.”
Director of the Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Kashmir, Mohammad Qasim said that people should not to get into panic ”as we have enough diesel and petrol available in the valley”.
“As our teams are continuously checking petrol pumps, the petrol pumps are giving petrol to vehicles as per the previous advisory issued by the Divisional Commissioner till the problem will be solved,” he said.