No overall shortage in supply of HSD in MP: Govt

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) The government today clarified that state-run Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have reported no overall shortage of High Speed Diesel (HSD) supplies in Madhya Pradesh.

Acting on reports of shortages in the State, the Petroleum Ministry had sought a status report from the OMCs yesterday and advised them to take immediate remedial steps.

OMCs informed the Ministry that the supply of HSD by the Oil Industry is more than 25 per cent excess during this year as compared to last year due to sudden increase in demand of HSD during agricultural season, which leads to some imbalance in supply and demand equilibrium.

However, there has been no overall shortage of HSD at Retail Outlets (ROs) in Madhya Pradesh till October 14, an official statement said.

OMCs further informed that growth in HSD demand in Bhopal Division is as high as 80 per cent during this month.

Overall, on Industry basis there is a growth of more than 51 per cent in the State during the first two weeks of this month as compared to same period of last month.

The OMCs are meeting full requirement of HSD at ROs to avoid any inconvenience and ensuring that all the indents from ROs are executed at depots on day to day basis leaving no pendency, the statement said.

However, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) has reported few RO dry outs on certain days mainly due to non-availability to Tank Trucks (TTs).

This temporary problem has been sorted out by giving priority supply to these ROs on the very next day.

''It is also clarified that there is no quota system/restrictions by any Oil Company on supply of HSD to ROs in MP and utmost care and all precautionary measures have been taken to avoid any kind of crisis of HSD for the people of the state,'' the statement said.

Over 1,500 ROs of OMCs in MP serve the consumers across the State.


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