Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Bagel on Sunday wrote to Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informing him of the fuel shortage in the state and its impact on the agricultural economy. Puri was asked to ensure adequate supplies of petrol and diesel to Chhattisgarh.
Bagel has written about depleted stockpiles at petrol pumps across the state. The Union Minister warned that ambulance services and agricultural activities in the state were affected by the lack of fuel in the past two months. “Because Chhattisgarh is an agricultural country, with the onset of the monsoon, agricultural activities start here. But because diesel is not available in sufficient quantities, farmers are having difficulty doing their business with tractors. Even essential services like ambulances are affected,” Bagel wrote.
The oil companies’ review earlier revealed that the stockpile will last for 4-5 days while in the past few months it has only lasted for one day, drying up gasoline pumps across the state.
The agricultural business will be adversely affected by the shortage of diesel and petrol supply, which will cause the general public to face losses. CM Baghel writes that even after prepayments are made at retail outlets in rural areas, there is no supply of gasoline and diesel.