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Blame game on as Chennai fuel outlets go dry

After the steep hike in petrol prices,Chennai citizens are now facing a shortage of fuel supply across the city.

After the steep hike in petrol prices,Chennai citizens are now facing a shortage of fuel supply across the city. Effective functioning of the city has witnessed troubles in the past few days with supply of petrol and diesel going down.

Initially,the diesel supply at the fuel outlets ran out,affecting the operation of taxis and other public vehicles. Then came the petrol shortage that has led to long queues before the few bunks that had stock left.

Both retailers and oil company officials blamed each other for the situation. According to State president of the dealers’ association,M Kannan,the shortage was caused by reduced supply. Also,the oil companies were insisting that dealers collect the full load of petrol,which he said was difficult due to the increase in price.

The transporters association,on the other hand,have urged the State Government to intervene,charging that the scarcity was brought about purposefully as a diversionary tactic to deal with the sharp hike in fuel price.

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Meanwhile,the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) said it was planning to transport 67,000 kilo litres of diesel through coasts to Chennai to address the shortage.

Both IOC and Hindustan Petroleum were moving products through the coast,and these tankers are expected to berth at the Chennai Port by Tuesday,said the state-owned firm in a statement on Monday.