No diesel shortage in Madhya Pradesh: Oil ministry

October 15th, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 15 (IANS) The petroleum ministry Wednesday said there was no shortage of diesel in Madhya Pradesh even though demand has increased by over 50 percent this month. “The position of HSD (high speed diesel) availability in Madhya Pradesh is normal,” said a ministry statement.

Earlier, the oil marketing companies have told the government that there has been a spurt in demand of 51 percent in the first two weeks in October, compared to the same period last month. The Bhopal division alone has reported an increase in diesel demand by 80 percent during this month.

Overall in the country, the oil companies have reported 25 percent increase in supply of diesel “due to sudden increase in demand of HSD during agricultural season, which leads to some imbalance in supply and demand equilibrium”.

Oil companies have added that “all pockets of sudden demand is being met accordingly” in the central state.

Interestingly, a “few” of retail outlets of Hindustan Petroleum Corp reported some “dryouts on certain days mainly due to non-availability of tank trucks”.

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