Transporters’ body, Auto News, ET Auto
The shortage of fuel in the country is likely to disrupt supply chains across all sectors of the economy according to the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).
“We have been reported by our members regarding the short supply of diesel at pumps in various states like Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Karnataka,” an AIMTC statement said.
According to the transporters body, this could lead to a chaos as fuel shortage will disrupt the supply chains of manufacturing units and retails outlets. “The situation will surely get aggravated especially in villages and remote areas of the country where only source of delivery mode is trucks,” the statement added.
Reports of fuel shortages across the country have been coming from across the country after private sector refiners curbed domestic supplies citing unprofitability at present local prices. Public sector undertaking companies on the other hand maintain that fuel supplies are absolutely normal and that there is adequate product availability.
The Oil Ministry too denied reports of any shortages, but on Friday extended the Universal Service Obligation (USO) to all retail outlets, including those in remote rural areas. An official statement said that these USO include maintaining supplies of petrol and diesel throughout the specified working hours and of specified quality and quantity.
“This has been done with an objective to ensure higher level of customer services in the market and to ensure that adherence to the USO forms a part of the market discipline,” the oil ministry said.
According to the AITMC, there is a concern among the transport operators as without fuel they could get stuck in the middle of the journey and fail the delivery timelines.
“Though the government is assuring of sufficient supplies but the ground realty is quite different,” the AITMC statement added.