Petrol pumps face fuel shortage, long queues seen

Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Truck drivers across the state are on strike since Monday over the provisions of the Central Government’s new law in hit and run cases. Movement of essential commodities like petrol, diesel, vegetables is being affected in various districts.

The widespread impact of the drivers’ strike was also seen in the Madhya Pradesh capital Bhopal and other districts. Many petrol pumps ran out of fuel in the city. At many places, long queues of people were seen waiting to fill fuel. Petrol-Diesel Association accused the administration of not helping. However, late in the evening, with the help of police, oil tankers were transported from the depot to the pumps, so that the shortage could be overcome.

Shortage of petrol and diesel started at petrol pumps in the state on Monday. Petrol pumps went dry at many places including the capital Bhopal. This situation arose because petrol and diesel tankers did not reach the petrol pump from the depot due to the strike by truck drivers.

Due to rumors of petrol and diesel running out, long queues of people formed at the pumps. People were seen standing in long queues in Bhopal. People started filling fuel as per their requirement for two to three days. Due to sudden increase in demand for petrol and non-arrival of tankers, around 15 petrol pumps in the city ran dry by evening.

The Patidar Pump located near Aakriti Eco City in Salaiya was closed in the evening due to exhaustion of fuel. At the same time, long queues of vehicles remained at the petrol pump located near Aakriti Green City till evening.

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