After two days of extreme shortage of petrol and diesel at petrol pumps in Bhopal, the situation improved significantly on Monday with Reliance Depot resuming fuel supply.
However, petrol pumps located on the outskirts of the city are still dry and they will resume sale of diesel and petrol on Tuesday.
In all, 28 petrol pumps of HPCL and 32 petrol pumps of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) remained largely dry during the past two days.
However, petrol pump owners and customers had no difficulty getting fuel on Monday.
HPCL petrol pump manager Mahesh Malhotra said, “Most of the petrol pumps of Bhopal started functioning on Monday but pumps, which are located outside Bhopal, will start supply on Tuesday.”
In the past two days, not only the customers but petrol pump owners also had difficulty in finding fuel.
The petrol pumps of HPCL reported fuel shortage from Saturday night as Reliance Depot didn’t supply petrol/diesel. Reliance Depot doesn’t supply fuel on Sunday, so dry spell continued on Sunday as well.
Malhotra further said, “This is a temporary arrangement because only one depot is supplying fuel to all the 60 petrol pumps.
The depots of IOC and HPCL of Nishatpura were closed down a year ago in compliance with the order of then collector Nikunj Shrivastava.
The step was taken after an explosion in a petrol pump of Jaipur in which three people were killed.”
According to sources, IOC petrol pumps were able to maintain supply of fuel on Saturday and Sunday as they took supply from depots of Itarsi, Sagar and Indore.
IOC’s Shashi Raj said that the IOC pumps remained open and supplied the fuel.
However, some petrol pump owners said that the crisis was created intentionally due to rise in price of petrol.
Petrol Pump Association president Ajay Singh said the situation could be rectified only after re- opening of IOC and HPCL depots.
Only Reliance Depot can’t supply fuel to fulfill the demand of the city, so administration should think again on opening of IOC and HPCL depots.
The administration closed the depots as they were located in crowded area in Nishatpura but in future Reliance Depot will also come in the crowded area as Bhori Bakania is developing day by day. So, what steps will they take in such a condition” he added.