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Rumours of fuel shortage: Fuel stations witness huge rush across Kashmir

Rumours of fuel shortage: Fuel stations witness huge rush across Kashmir
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Srinagar: Massive queues of vehicles could be seen at fuel stations in Kashmir on Thursday as people scrambled to fill up the tanks in the wake of rumours that the country is facing shortage of fuel, officials said.
Hundreds of vehicles were lined up at almost every fuel station, waiting for their turn to be refilled, leading to traffic jams in some parts of the city and elsewhere in the valley as well, the officials said.
Police and traffic police officials were seen regulating the movement of vehicles at some fuel stations where some motorists turned unruly while waiting for their turn.
A police official said there were some minor altercations and the issues were resolved amicably.
The rush for refilling the cars and vehicles began after rumours started circulating on social media that the country is facing shortage of fuel.
A senior marketing official at the Indian Oil Corporation Limited took to Twitter to allay the fears of people but to no avail.
“Dear esteemed customers, we reiterate that there is sufficient product availability and supplies to retail outlets are being met inline with demand. Request not to panic at all. We reassure our full commitment to serve you at all times without interruption,” Director Marketing of the IOCL tweeted.
Meanwhile, the State Level Coordinator, Oil Industry Jammu and Kashmir (OIJK) reiterated that there is no shortage of Petroleum products across Jammu and Kashmir.
A statement issued by Anjani Kumar, State Level Coordinator, Oil Industry Jammu and Kashmir in this regard reads, “This is to confirm that there is no shortage of Petroleum Products like Motor Spirit (MS), High Speed Diesel (HSD) in entire Jammu & Kashmir”.
It adds that, all the three Public Sector Oil Companies Viz M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited , M/s Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited and M/s Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited are having sufficient stocks at their respective depots to cater to the current routine demand of the J&K UT.
The statement also gave a detailed outline on the release of Supply of POL of past four days of Zewan, Srinagar Depot of IOCL which is a testimony to the fact that higher supplies are being made from Srinagar depot.
It also informed that on 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th June, 348 KLs of petrol and 510 KL diesel, 325 KLs of petrol and 531 KLs of diesel, 499 KLs of petrol and 659 KLs of diesel and 493 KLs of petrol and 589 KLs of diesel were released from IOC, Zewan Depot of Srinagar respectively, it said.
“It is being humbly requested in public interest that there is absolutely no need of panic buying and hoarding of product. Moreover, this will result in unnecessary crowding at the retail outlets and inconvenience to the needy buyers”, it reads. (with inputs from PTI)


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