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Issue only 3 litres of petrol or 10 litres of diesel per vehicle a day, govt orders petrol pumps

Consumers complain shortage of LPG cooking gas

 With Jammu-Srinagar Highway closed again due to heavy snowfall after opening for a brief period, divisional administration Kashmir on Thursday issued an advisory to petrol pump owners for rationing of petroleum products for private vehicles. 

As per an order issued by divisional commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan all deputy commissioners of the Valley have been directed that no petrol pump should issue more than 3 litres of petrol per vehicle per day. Similarly, it has also been highlighted that petrol pump owners should restrict sale of diesel to commercial vehicles at 10 litres per vehicle per day. 

“Besides IOC, BP, HPCL will restrict the supply of petrol, diesel to petrol pumps to 1000 litres per day and will reserve separate quota for government vehicles, ambulances, water tankers, snow clearance machines etc,” reads the government order. 

It says in view of the fast depletion of petroleum products, it is “felt expedient to implement the rationing with respect to distribution of these products till such time the supplying position improves after opening of Jammu-Srinagar Highway. The divisional administration in its order has also asked deputy commissioners to ensure “rationing is effectively carried out on ground and officials of Consumer Affairs Public Distribution in each district have been asked to provide stock position of distribution and sales by oil marketing companies and petrol pumps, reads the order. The officials have been asked to provide stock position to the DCs on a day-to-day basis. Meanwhile food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department has also issued an order regarding supply and sales of petroleum products and cooking gas. “OMCs such as IOCL, BPCL, HPCL should share their stocks in order to avoid any inconvenience to consumers,” reads the order.  The FCSCA has asked its officials to monitor sales of petroleum products and ensure that no hoarding or black marketing is being done.

Meanwhile, with Jammu-Srinagar highway being closed, especially trucks and tankers being stranded, a major scarcity of essential commodities was felt in the markets here. Greater Kashmir received calls from various areas regarding shortage of LPG. 

“For last one week no truck entered Valley with gas cylinders. The companies and government has failed to keep buffer stock of IOC cylinders in the Valley,“ said a dealer. He said many IOC consumers are without gas and “many are waiting for more than a week to get a cylinder”. City centre, usually beelined by vegetable vendors, witnessed either closed or almost empty vegetable vendors on Thursday. Shortage of essentials has also lead to profiteering as vegetables are being sold on the prices double the government approved rates. 

“Closure of the highway is the biggest disaster. No meat, and poultry stock in the valley. We are doomed. Only vegans can survive here now (sic),” wrote a consumer Altaf Bashir on social networking site Facebook.

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Expressing concern over poor lending in the priority sector by the banks operating in the state, chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Thursday said the credit flow numbers especially in agriculture, MSME and housing loan segments are not in sync with the stated objective of the state.

Source: Greater Kashmir