Artificial petrol shortage after reduction in prices in Balochistan
Petrol pumps either closed or overcharging in selling of petrol, diesel in Quetta city
An artificial petrol shortage has been created in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan after the federal government slashed the prices of petroleum products the other day. Long queues of vehicles were witnessed out petrol pumps in Quetta on Thursday.
“I have been waiting for more than one hour, but you can see, still this long queue”, Abdul Rehman, a Vitz car owner told the daily Quetta Voice. Like Rehman, dozens of vehicle owners were waiting at the pump to get fuel for their vehicles.
The federal government reduced the prices of petroleum products per litre to Rs. 74.52 to facilitate the masses after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Soon after the announcement of the reduction in petroleum products, most of the petrol pumps were immediately closed in order to avoid selling petrol at official rates. “They are overcharging and we are being asked to pay Rs.100 for per litre”, Sanaullah, another vehicle owner at airport road Quetta lamented.
The daily Quetta Voice tried to speak to the officials to get their point of view about the petrol shortage. But there was no immediate response despite repeated calls to the concerned quarters.
“I dragged my motorcycle from Spini road to get petrol but found the pump closed”, Dad Muhammad, a bearded man told the daily Quetta Voice at Jinnah Road.
Elsewhere in Balochistan including Killa Saifullah, Pishin, and other areas, masses complained about the selling of petroleum products at high rates.