HYDERABAD: Vehicle owners in the twin cities thronged fuel stations at different locations following reports that political parties agitating for separate Telangana were mulling calling for an indefinite bandh in Telangana districts from Saturday.
Serpentine queues were witnessed at a majority of the fuel stations as motorists indulged in panic buying. However, the political parties had not yet called for any such ‘indefinite’ bandh.
More than 300 fuel stations in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy districts sell nearly 900 kilolitres of petrol and 1,500 kilolitres of diesel every day. But with almost every motorist making heavy purchases on Friday, many fuel stations went dry and displayed ‘No stock’ boards, said Twin Cities Petrol and Diesel Retailers Association president Prabhakar Reddy.
While, two-wheeler owners purchased nearly ten litres of petrol per transaction, car owners sought full tank fuel. Amid this chaos, transport vehicle operators and others carried 50-litre cans to the stations, demanding more supplies. “It is tough to meet such demands,” Mr. Reddy said.
“There is uncertainty over the bandh calls by political parties and other organisations. As a preventive measure many are forced to stock up enough fuel. Motorists are helpless,” said Harivardhan Reddy, a student. Vexed with the demand, some pump owners restricted their sales to four litres of petrol to each two-wheeler owner and ten litres to car owners. “We need to cater to everyone’s need and there is no other option for us but to insist on restricted sales. Fuel supplies were already hit due to the bandh on Thursday. However, company authorities have assured of adequate supplies and there is no need to panic,” said Rammohan Goud, a fuel station owner.