Chaos near petrol pumps as people throng to get fuel in Srinagar, police deployed

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Srinagar, Feb 28: Authorities have deployed police for crowd control at petrol pumps across Srinagar, where long queues of vehicles and people await their turn to get fuel following shortage of petroleum products in the valley.
Meanwhile, the District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, under powers vested to him under Section 144 of CrPC has ordered regulation of provision of petroleum products.
The long queues at petrol pumps continued on Thursday despite about 500 oil tankers and trucks loaded with essentials, which were stranded for about a week following closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, reaching Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
People holding cans and others driving their vehicles could be seen in long queues at most of the petrol pumps in Srinagar city and outskirts. “We have been waiting in a queues since 0800 hrs in the morning and it is about 1100 hrs and I’m still awaiting my turn,” Shabir Ahmad, told UNI at M A road petrol pump.
Long queues were also witnessing in the adjoining petrol pump at MA road. Similar, chaos was also witnessed in other petrol pumps in the city and adjoining areas.
In order to ensure equitable distribution among the general public and prevent hoarding and black-marketing after fresh stocks of petroleum products including fuel and LPG have been received, District Magistrate Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, under powers vested to him under Section 144 of CrPC has ordered regulation of provision of petroleum products.
The order prohibits dispensing or collection of fuel at fuel stations in any kind of container or vessel instructing that fuel must not be dispensed in anything other than directly into tanks of vehicles. It also prohibits any individual or organisation other than designated or authorised stores and depots from storing any kind of petroleum product. The order shall be applicable throughout the territorial jurisdiction of the Srinagar district. It states that violation of this order shall attract strict action against defaulters under Section 188 of RPC.

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