Staff Reporter

Some petroleum stations reportedly ration diesel sales, unable to meet the demand

‘We are unable to transport goods from our units as there is no fuel for the vehicles’

Bangalore: The diesel shortage has affected the industrial units in the city which are reeling under unscheduled power cuts.

M.D. Prabhu, president of Peenya Industrial Association, told The Hindu that the power cuts had forced them to switch over to generator sets that guzzle fuel. “The problem can be tackled if the authorities ensure that the available power is managed properly,” he said. Bangalore Electricity Supply Company had now divided Peenya Industrial Estate into two segments – one fed by the 66/11 kV SRS MUSS and another by 66/11 kV Brindavan MUSS.

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“The power crisis has seriously affected not only Peenya Industrial Area but peripheral industrial areas. On Monday, BESCOM came out with a loadshedding chart that includes details of the days, time of power shutdown and feeds. We are now trying to use it to our advantage,” he said.

K. Moosa, manager of Selva Foods, a small-scale industrial unit at PIA, said that power shutdown had forced them to halve production. He said he was forced to use the generator, which consumed huge quantum of diesel.

“We lose out either way as the power generated by diesel sets is of low quality.

Moreover, we have not been able to transport goods from the unit. We went to at least five petrol stations on Monday in the hope of getting some diesel at least for the car.

There were long queues everywhere. Finally, I had to empty the generator to fill my car with diesel.”

Arvind Burji, KASSIA president, said the diesel shortage had affected transportation. “Everything has come to a standstill now. Freight charges have increased and goods movement has almost stopped.”

He said that many petroleum stations were rationing the remaining diesel stock. “They are not selling more than 10 litres to one person. They are not filling the cans,” he said.

Mr. Burji said the units were forced to depend on generators as they did not want to incur losses.

“Every minute counts. To ensure that we do not incur loss, we rely on generators. If the crisis continues, we may have to shut shop,” he added.