(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer) SRINAGAR — If Saturday saw long queues in front of most of the petrol pumps in Srinagar, Monday saw most of them closed with the sign, 'No petrol. No diesel.'
It was a nightmarish day for many motorists in the Srinagar and other parts as petrol pumps in ran dry leading to tremendous chaos in the Valley as anxious people sought to fill vehicle tanks up.
Meanwhile, the administration said that it expects an end to fuel and LPG shortage in the Valley by Tuesday evening.
'We are expecting an end to shortage of petrol, diesel and LPG by (Tuesday) evening,' said Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan.
Director Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS & CA), said that 170 petrol, diesel and LPG tankers have crossed Panthal on Srinagar-Jammu highway and among these 55 are about to reach Valley.
People queue up at petrol pump in Srinagar (Photo: Abid Bhat/KO) Resize
On Sunday, the government said that petroleum and other products in the Valley are 'critically low'.
'The availability of petrol in the Kashmir Valley is adequate to meet the needs for just one day and that of diesel for four days. There is no stock of LPG in the Kashmir Valley,' State Administrative Council (SAC) head by governor Satya Pal Malik was informed, according to an official spokesman.
'This is a result of the earlier blockage of the Highway for seven days and the ongoing blockage for the past four days, leading to disruption of supplies from Jammu to Srinagar. The government is taking measures to enhance the supplies to the Kashmir region,' the official spokesman has said. 'However, as a precautionary measure, the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir has rationed petrol and diesel supply, so as to conserve whatever is available for emergency purposes. Steps are being taken to increase the availability of stocks in the Kashmir Valley. People of the state should not read anything more into this but see it only as an administrative measure in a shortage situation,' the spokesman had said.
'On the medicine front also, the instructions to hospitals to increase availability of medicines is also to be seen in the context of shortage of supplies as a result of the prolonged disruption in transport.'
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