Police security for oil pumps urged
GUNTUR: In the wake of the truckers’ strike, oil companies begun rationing supply of petroleum products in the Vijayawada-Guntur region. As many as 182 petrol pumps of four major companies are permitting people to buy only in small quantities on Thursday.
The oil tankers have been exempted from the all-India truckers’ strike, but the petroleum products supply situation has become critical with a majority of the rural dispensing units closing shop. This has forced users to rush to the nearest town or Guntur city to get their quota of petrol or diesel.
Meanwhile the petrol and diesel dealers have asked the Superintendent of Police to provide security for the tankers in the transit and at the petrol pumps.
Long queues were witnessed at all petrol pumps in Guntur city with many users coming from neighbouring villages with large plastic cans and autorickshaws and cars making a beeline in front of all petrol pumps leading to traffic block at many places like at Kankaragunta on the Ring Road, Lodge Centre, and Hindu College junction.
The Petrol and Diesel Dealers’ Association president R. Gopalakrishna told The Hindu that they were lobbying with the petroleum refining companies to allocate more loads per day and the worst affected were the Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation, while the IBP and the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited were able to supply in small quantities.
Out of the 182 petrol pumps there are 80 IOC pumps, 38 of BPC, 48 of HPCL, and the remaining of IBP.
At Kondapalli, the IOC had supplied only 7 tanker loads of 12 kiloliters for Guntur district, BPC 2 tankers loads and HP 16 lorry loads.
The association president said that they would meet the SP on Thursday night to request additional security for their pumps and tankers in transit.