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Most fuel outlets in Mnp shut after fuel panic-buying

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 14 | Publish Date: 12/14/2019 11:49:36 AM IST

Following reports of depleting stock in some local media as a consequent of turmoil situation in neighbouring Assam state, panic buyers in large numbers thronged most of the oil pumps in Manipur on Saturday.

As a result , most of the oil pumps closed after opening for few hours, citing stock exhaustion. 

Manipur procures petroleum production from Assam, the state currently hit by raging protest against CAB that disturbed the normal plying of Imphal-bound petroleum product careers in the last few days.  

As reported in some media in Imphal, the disturbance in the procurement of the petroleum product has led to the depletion of stock of petrol, diesel and LPG depots in the state.

The state may face shortage of petrol, diesel and LPG after around 10 days in case mass protest raging on in neighbouring Assam against CAB is not resolved within a week or normal plying of the petroleum product carriers is not resumed.

Taking serious note of the developing situation, state consumer affairs, food and public distribution swung into action by an issuing order asking the petrol pumps to immediately stop random selling of petrol and diesel.

They asked the pump authorities to allow customers with two-wheeler filling their tanks with only three litres, four-wheeler (light vehicles) with five litres and 10 litres for heavy vehicles at a time.

Further, oil pumps were ordered not to entertain with extra containers.

Though  media reports said that there were stocks for 10 days in the IOCL depots in Imphal, state CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam said that the current stock of fuel will last for only five days.

Considering the current stock and to manage it , an order for interim arrangement of oil pumps restricting from random selling of petrol and diesel was issued, he said.

The minister however said despite  oil pumps opening as usual with strict instruction to comply with the order of the CAF&PD, all the pumps in Imphal and its outskirts remained close since afternoon with “ nil stock ”.

Not only in Imphal but similar situation of panic buyers in long beeline queue was reported in other petrol outlets in other parts of the state including Jiribam district.

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