With talks of a steep hike in the rates of petrol and diesel doing rounds, commuters allege that there is an artificial shortage of the fuels being created in Navi Mumbai. There is reason for this – the motorists have been turning back from petrol pumps that have no fuel supply. The motorists of the city started sweating when speculations of a price hike of upto Rs. 15 was reported. And while the air in the matter is still to be cleared, there have been allegations of black marketing of fuels. Petrol pumps across Koperkhairane, Airoli, Vashi, Nerul, Belapur and Turbhe are reportedly showing shortage of supply. Motorists say that this a conspiracy to hike prices. Frustrated and harried motorists say that is a conspiracy of oil companies and that state should take immediate action against this artificial shortage. A petrol pump owner informed NMTV News that oil companies are not buying petrol due to the hike in prices and hence the shortage of supply. Motorists are hoping against hope that the talks of hiking petrol prices from Rs. 49.52 to over Rs. 60 per liter and diesel going over RS. 40, then the worst signs of inflation will take a heavy toll on the pockets of the common man. However, the common man believes that UPA that has failed them on several fronts will in all its probability fail them on this one too. With cameraperson Rajendra Prasad, Sudhir Sharma for NMTV News.
July 5, 2006