Fuel crisis in Raipur gives tough time to citizens
had a tough time due to shortfall of petrol and diesel in capital and other
parts of state with most of the pumps shut down while others mentioned a
shortfall. Thursday was the third consecutive day when people were seen waiting
in long queues for refilling their vehicle tanks.
None of the fuel
suppliers came on record to comment but indicated that it was due to annual
closure in refineries and some excused saying there was no supply. Collector
Thakurram Singh had assured two days back that the situation would come under
control by Wednesday. However, people had to switch from one pump to another
till Thursday afternoon for refilling.
collector office said that initially there was a problem with supply as racks
of fuel didn't reach on time. There was apprehension among people that prices
of fuel may soon rise and to cash-in on the margin, pumps have decided not to
supply fuel until the prices soar high.
“I had to wait for
one and a half hour at a pump late in the night to get petrol amid a crowd of
hundred others,” Pankaj Kumar, a resident said. However, along with citizens,
it's mostly the transport sector that has been worst hit. Raipur requires
supply of about 3.5 lakh litres of fuel everyday, which has dropped down to
less than 2 lakh.