Jammu and Kashmir floods: Fuel supply restored in Jammu region

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 As relief supplies pour in flood- hit J&K, the government has restored fuel supply in the Jammu region and efforts are on to move stocks into Srinagar.

"The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has taken several measures to ensure availability of essential petroleum products in the aftermath of floods in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The availability of fuel (petrol, diesel and LPG) has been brought to near normal in the division of Jammu," an official statement said here.

Stating that the situation in Srinagar is "challenging", it said efforts are being made to make sure that adequate fuel is made available at the earliest opportunity. "There is adequate stock of petrol, diesel, kerosene and ATF in the depots of Oil Marketing Companies in Srinagar which will be immediately moved to the Retail Outlets once the roads become motorable," the statement said.

While the LPG plant of HPCL inundated, alternative arrangements are being made for bottling LPG cylinders in Srinagar and trucks with LPG cylinder have been despatched from Leh to Srinagar.

Meanwhile, anticipating clearing of Jammu-Srinagar route shortly, over 375 tank trucks carrying petroleum products have already been positioned for transporting these products from Srinagar to Jammu as soon as the road traffic is restored.

Additional bulk supplies are being arranged at Jammu to meet the requirement of Srinagar. "8 heavy duty and 4 smaller pumps have been identified by ONGC for air lifting to Srinagar for draining flood waters," the statement added. 

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