Petrol crisis in western Odisha, Most domestic pumps shut down

Bhubaneswar: The western Odisha has been facing a petrol crisis as most of the domestic pumps have shut down. The domestic petrol pumps of Essar Group, Reliance have stopped supplying petrol and diesel to the western part of the State.

Reportedly, petrol and diesel supplies have been cut off to Jharsuguda. Many domestic petrol pumps of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) now have an out-of-stock board hanging. The situation is similar in Bargarh, Balangir, and Nuapada.

The pipeline connecting Indian Oil Corporation to Jharsuguda has not been working for the past few weeks and is supplying oil from Paradip by tanker. As a result, there is a problem with oil transportation.

Notably, there are two fuel filling pumps in Sorada of Ganjam. However, both have been shut down. Of the two stations, Hindustan Petroleum’s fuel filling station was forced to close as it failed to produce required documents while the second station run by Essar was forced to shut down as the station didn’t get fuel supply.

The petroleum companies in India haven’t hiked the fuel price since April 6, however, the price of crude oil has surged to $120 in the international market. Due to this, the petroleum companies are bearing a loss of Rs 12-15 per litre of petrol and Rs 18 in per litre of diesel.

It is pertinent to mention that the petrol and diesel prices have witnessed minor changes in the capital city Bhubaneswar today. The petrol price has been recorded at Rs 103.19 per litre while the diesel rate has been recorded at Rs 94.76 per litre.

The petrol and diesel rates in Odisha’s silver city Cuttack have not changed in the last 24 hours and are recorded at Rs 103.71 and Rs 95.25 respectively. The petrol rate in Odisha’s Malkangiri is recorded at Rs 108.92 per litre while the diesel rate is at Rs 100.30 per litre.

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