May 29, 2012:
The shortage for pertrol and diesel in Chennai is expected to last till Wednesday, if not longer, leaving the city with the prospect of a torrid Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the public sector Indian Oil Corporation Monday said it was planning to transport 67,000 kilolitres of Diesel from Tuesday through coasts to overcome the shortage of diesel in Chennai City.
In a statement, Mr V K Jaychandran, state-level Coordinator for Oil Industry, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, and Executive Director, Indian Oil, Tamil Nadu State Office, said Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) was planning to move a tanker which was expected to berth in Chennai by Tuesday.
An acute shortage of petrol and diesel has hit three districts of Tamil Nadu with nearly 1,000 bunks going dry, a petroleum dealer said Monday. Officials of oil companies were not available for comments while people suffered.
"Our understanding is that the Chennai Petroleum Corp Ltd. (CPCL) is not refining the required quantities of crude and hence the shortage," said M Kannan, president of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association.
Kannan said there was a shortage of Euro IV compliant petrol used in Chennai and parts of districts like Thiruvallur and Kanchipuram.