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Fuel shortage halts Kerala State Road Transport Corporation services

KOCHI: With KSRTC running short of diesel, buses queued up at the main depot creating a traffic jam in the city on Monday. The delay in getting fuel from Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) to refill underground tanks led to the chaotic situation. As IOC is carrying out repair works on one of the two underground fuel tanks, the buses are dependent on a single tank for diesel. It is pointed out that depot requires about 35,000 litres of diesel per day and the tank can hold 50,000 litres.

“IOC does not refill underground tanks on Sundays. And when there is a delay in supplying fuel to KSRTC on the next working day, the transport corporation will run out of stock,” said assistant transport officer, C Venugopal. He said that on Monday many buses were rerouted to Ernakulam to fill fuel as some depots in the neighbouring localities faced shortage. Following the arrival of fuel in the evening, they were able to resume bus services.

According to KSRTC, once IOC completes repairing the damaged tank, they would be able to resolve the problem. The tank got damaged in the heavy rains and water began to seep into it. The transport authority stated that they had already informed IOC about the inconvenience caused to people.

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