Kohima reels under acute fuel shortage

Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 9 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/9/2021 1:17:26 PM IST
The State Capital was reeling under acute shortage of fuel on Tuesday, the second time within a span of one week. Petrol and diesel tankers en route to Kohima are reported to have been hold up at Jharnapani since Friday, leading to the fuel shortage.
Sources said that the shortage was triggered following the closure of a stretch along NH-29 after the rockslide incident.
While most petrol pumps were closed, those selling petrol in black market are said to have increased the rate to Rs 120 per litre, further adding to the misery of citizens. Panic buying of petrol was also witnessed at several pumps in and around the State Capital, even as long queues of vehicles were spotted at the few pumps that were still open.
Sources from petroleum dealers said that fuel could reach here only on Friday, but unconfirmed sources stated that some tankers were allowed to move towards Kohima on Tuesday evening.
However, despite the shortage in petrol and diesel, there was no respite to residents of the State Capital from heavy traffic, which has become a regular phenomenon here.

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