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Tripura reels under crisis of petroleum products
AGARTALA, JUL 4 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 4 Jul. 2010 11:14 PM IST
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Tripura is facing a serious crisis of petrol, diesel and LPG due to non-loading of tankers from Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) outlets in Assam, state Civil Supplies Minister Manik Dey said today.
Dey said the situation got complicated following irresponsible attitude of the IOC as the permits of petrol and diesel carrying vehicles expired on June 30, but IOC authority neither extended their permits nor made any alternative arrangement to supply petrol and diesel in Tripura. The same thing happened with the supply of LPG, as IOC had started renovation in four of three gas refineries in June in Assam without any consultation with the state government and only one refinery was unable to meet even half of the state’s demand. ‘’As per the norms, IOC’s duty is to supply petrol and diesel at retail outlets and LPG at bottling plants, which will be at least 60 per cent of the total consumer base but there was always a shortfall of supply of about 15 per cent over the past few years and despite repeated requests by the state government, the IOC did not do anything yet,’’ Dey said.
He pointed out that permit periods of 35 oil tankers expired in June and another 178 were going to expire at the end of the month and these 35 oil tankers were not allowed to load and the matter was brought to the notice of the state government only last evening, reported UNI.
‘’We have already taken up the matter with IOC management in Delhi and Guwahati and sought their immediate intervention to solve the problem, while the department convened a high-level meeting to manage the situation,’’ Dey said.
underlined and indicated that the government might go for rationing of petrol, diesel and LPG from tomorrow.
Moreover, the state government had been demanding to set up three more gas bottling plants in the state, but the IOC had decided to shut down existing one of two bottling plants, which would aggravate the problem in near future.

 
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