By Divya Rajagopal & Ramya Ramamurthy, CNBC-TV18
Petrol pumps in Pondicherry are running dry due to non-availability of fuel. The oil crisis is hitting where it hurts the most. On Saturday, petrol pumps in Pondicherry were shut due to non-availability of fuel. The reason was the late arrival of stock.
In fact, the petrol pump owners in Pondicherry have not been getting regular supply for the last ten days. Even, petrol pump owners in Chennai say that availability is becoming an issue.
Availability of petrol is getting a little difficult because we are not buying from outside sources. We are expecting the company to supply and there is lots of constraints from the company in supplying. As a result, we have to restrict the supply to the customers according to the existing stock,’ said M Kannan, President, Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association.
However, oil companies deny any such shortage. In a statement, BPCL said, “There is no need to panic whatsoever. There is enough stock in the city to give the consumers. We are not experiencing any shortage."
Though the petrol pumps in the city have not completely dried up, the city is feeling the pinch of the crisis. Some say it is an indirect rationing used by the oil companies to send the message across to the government about the inevitable price rise.