Petrol crisis at Parbatipur depot affects eight northern districts
PARBATIPUR, DINAJPUR, Nov 12: The petrol supply to eight districts of the country's northern region has decreased due to crisis at Parbatipur Railhead Oil Depot in the district.
The demand of petrol in the depot is 1.80 lakh litres per day. But, now only 1.80 lakh litres of petrol is being supplied per week.
Depot sources said petrol is generally supplied to Parbatipur Railhead Oil Depot from Rashidpur Gas Field of Moulvibazar District by road. Three state-owned companies under Petrobangla-Padma, Meghna and Jamuna, supply about 4,000 to 5,000 litres of petrol to the depot by tank lorry.
Petrol is supplied to 450 petrol pumps in eight districts including Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Rangpur and Gaibandha, from the depot every day.
Due to a sudden fall of petrol supply from Rashidpur Gas Field recently, the crisis has set in.
In-Charge of Parbatipur Railhead Oil Depot Azam Khan said only 30 lorries of three companies are coming nowadays, whereas 100 lorries used to come here before.
General Secretary of Dinajpur Petrol Pump Owners Association Md Rowshan Ali Sarker said the petrol crisis has been going on at the Parbatipur Railhead Oil Depot for the last couple of months. He is getting only one-fourth petrol of the total demand. The districts Panchagarh and Thakurgaon are now suffering most from the petrol crisis. Many petrol pump owners in the north have already closed their pumps due to this crisis. If the supply is not increased, it will affect the country a lot.
He also said the assistant general managers of Padma, Meghna and Jamuna oil companies could not give any solution to the crisis, he added.
Meanwhile, the traders expressed anger as the lorries have been waiting here for the last five to seven days for lack of petrol.