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Fuel crisis plagues Dhubri

Dhubri, Nov. 24: Petrol pumps in Dhubri district are running dry because of non-supply of fuel from the Dhaligaon unit of IOC since last week.

Sources in Dhaligaon said because of several bandhs and non-certification of fuel at Dhaligaon, loading of petrol was stopped, leading to a crisis in some parts of lower Assam, including Dhubri district.

Not only petrol, customers are also hit by a crisis of diesel as loading of petrol and diesel has not been done at Dhaligaon oil station in Chirang district since last Saturday, a source in North Salmara said. Sources in Dhaligaon said union labourers did not turn up at oil-filling stations from Saturday to Tuesday. Then there were bandhs on Wednesday and Thursday.

“However, loading petrol tanks and other fuel started yesterday but very few tankers could have been loaded at Dhaligaon oil station. From today, loading of petrol tankers has increased,” source said.

There are eight petrol pumps in Dhubri and Gauripur town of Dhubri district but for the last couple of days, all have gone dry leaving the owners of two-wheelers and cars bewildered.

Manas Mukherjee, who came to Dhubri from Cooch Behar in his car alleged that he somehow managed to get three litres of petrol from his business partner in Dhubri town. He was going back to Cooch Behar. “But three litres will not do as I need another three litres more at least to reach Cooch Behar. Hope I shall get it from petrol pumps near Chagolia inter-state checkgate which is 55km from here (Dhubri),” Mukherjee added.