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Divisional admin ask oil companies to stock up oil capacity

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Muhammad Adnan
Srinagar: Amid the reports of fuel crises in Valley, the divisional administration Kashmir has asked the oil companies to stock up oil capacity in view of the ensuing Amarnath Yatra and the heavy tourist footfall in Valley.
In an official communication addressed to the State Nodal Officer Oil Companies, the divisional administration has asked the companies to direct the oil marketing company officers to have sufficient stock of HSD and Motor Spirit in the Valley.
The communication was sent in wake of the representation submitted by the Secretary, Kashmir Valley Petroleum Dealers Association, Srinagar stating that oil companies especially Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd.(BPCL) was rationing the HSD supplies to their retail outlets, resulting in frequent dry out of retail outlets and thereby putting general public and tourists to inconvenience.
“It has been requested that oil marketing companies and their officers be directed to have sufficient stock of High Speed Diesel (HSD) and Motor Spirit in the Valley in view of the forthcoming Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra and heavy Tourist flow,” the official communication reads.
The companies have been asked to top up stock capacity of HSD and MS in the Kashmir Valley and adequate fuel be maintained in the godowns and tanks in order to cater to the demand of fuel in the valley.
Notably, the Valley petrol pumps are witnessing unusual rush of people as rumours of fuel crises spread across the Valley. It was reported that the oil market companies have reduced fuel supplies to retail outlets leading to an unusual rush of consumers across the Kashmir division.
Earlier the Directorate of Food Civil Supplies and Consumers Affairs (FCSCA) issued an official communication to state level coordinators of all oil companies asking them to ensure availability of adequate stock of Petroleum products especially High Speed Diesel (HSD) Supplies at the respective Sale Outlets.
The communication was issued after the department observed that excessive rationing of High Speed Diesel has resulted in frequent dry out of retail outlets and thereby putting general public and tourists to inconvenience.
“You shall also ensure that no inconvenience is caused to commuters, guests or tourists besides the general public on this account,” the official communication reads.
Amid the rumours of fuel crises and unusual rush of consumers at petrol pumps, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang Konbarao Pole on Thursday said there was no shortage of fuel in Kashmir and advised people not to pay heed to any such rumours.
He said Hindustan Oil Corporation Limited would have sufficient stock of petrol and diesel by Thursday evening.
“I request people to purchase fuel as per their need because there will not be any problem regarding the availability of fuel,” he said.

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