Petrol pump owners deny KMC chief a refill
AT LEAST two petrol pump owners denied fuel to the vehicle of the municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee, here today. Call it official KMC apathy or whatever you will, the action follows payments long due against diesel and petrol taken by the KMC.india Updated: May 31, 2006 00:03 IST
AT LEAST two petrol pump owners denied fuel to the vehicle of the municipal commissioner Badal Chatterjee, here today. Call it official KMC apathy or whatever you will, the action follows payments long due against diesel and petrol taken by the KMC.
Needless to say, the act invited the ire of the municipal commissioner, who took to task the petrol pump owners and even threatened to book them for affecting government work.
However, it was not the municipal commissioner’s vehicle alone. Besides, dumpers, loaders and several JCBs could not also be operated due to unavailability of fuel, resulting in garbage lying dumped in the city at least till 3 pm. To add to their woes, even generators installed on the KMC campus could not be operated, as diesel was not available.
According to the KMC sources, it was in the morning when the municipal commissioner’s vehicle went to a petrol pump for refueling. However, the petrol pump staff denied fuel to the vehicle citing reasons of long-pending dues against petrol and diesel already taken by the KMC.
Rs 2.62 crore was to be paid to a petrol pump against the fuel taken by the KMC. Besides, Rs 1.48 crore was to be paid to another petrol pump. However, Badal Chatterjee, when he came to know about the reluctance on the part of the petrol pumps to provide fuel, got annoyed and held talks with the Indian Oil Corporation officials and the petrol pump owners.
According to sources, it was only after the municipal commissioner took to task the petrol pump owners that fuel was given by them. However, the reluctance on the part of the petrol pump owners resulted in delay in lifting garbage from the various parts of the city.
Later, talking to Hindustan Times, Municipal Commissioner Badal Chatterjee admitted of a momentary crisis. He, however, said that everything had been sorted out and petrol pump owners had been assured of payments in installments, as early as possible.
However, the crisis has raised several questions. For one, why was such a huge amount not paid by the KMC till date and why were petrol pump owners providing fuel to the KMC till date, if such a huge amount was pending?