'Abnormal demand for petrol in Bangalore'

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{image-petrol crisis_04072008.jpg www.oneindia.com}Bangalore, Jul 4: Panic buying by the consumers during the last couple of days has led to a shortage of petrol in outlets, Oil Companies officials said on Friday, July 4.

Speaking to newspersons in the presence of Karnataka Minister for Civil Supplies Haratal Halappa here, the Indian Oil Company General Manager B Ashok said during the last three days there was a sudden surge of about 30 per cent in the demand in Bangalore than the normal consumption. Stating that it was an unexpected panic, which led to an abnormal demand for petrol and diesel in the city, Mr Ashok said the fear about shortage in the supply of petroleum products in the coming days have led to this situation.

Mr Ashok said the consumption of petrol and diesel in Bangalore city, Bangalore urban and rural districts accounts for about 1915 KL of petrol and 4705 KL of diesel sold by all the petroleum companies, on any given normal days, but it had however jumped to over 30 per cent increase in the last two days.

While informing that the oil companies have buffer stock of both petrol and diesel to meet demands for next seven to eight days in the city, the oil company officials appealed to the consumers not to get panic over the supply of petro fuel products.

Replying to questions, Mr Ashok said the Oil companies have not instructed any of their dealers to off-load only branded petrol and diesel and sell to consumers. ''Consumers have a choice either to go for branded or the normal petrol and diesel products'' he added.

UNI

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