Diesel shortage to be probed, says Deora

August 13th, 2008 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Petroleum Minister Murli Deora convened a meeting of state-owned oil companies for next week to discuss the shortage of diesel in certain parts of the country. Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Deora admitted there were reports of diesel shortage from western states, especially Maharashtra.

The demand for diesel has reportedly increased by over 20 percent recently, due to demand from power generating units.

“The demand-supply gap seems to have widened because of this (power generation),” he said.

Deora will now “seek an explanation” on the shortage at the meeting of heads of state oil companies Aug 19.

The oil marketing companies usually post a loss of Rs.23 a litre of diesel due to subsidised retail price.

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