Pradhan reviews restoration work with OMCs

Bhubaneswar: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday had a review meeting with senior official of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) here to assess the availability of petroleum products, supply chain resumption and restoration work in Cyclone Fani affected areas of Puri, Khurdha and Cuttack districts in Odisha.

Pradhan lauded the efforts of all OMCs in putting additional efforts to restore normalcy.

Fuel dispensing had begun within 24 hours of the Cyclone Fani. As of today, 232 out of 234 filling stations in Puri, Khordha, and Cuttack districts are functional and the remaining two shall be operational by tomorrow.

Additional measures have been taken to manage the rush of two wheelers in Puri city while normalcy have been restored in Nimapada, Brahmagiri and Satyabadi regions.

He urged OMCs to ensure arrangements for drinking water, charging points and toilets for people in all the petrol pumps.

Eight mobile bowsers have been pressed into service for door step delivery of fuel to institutions such as govt. offices, banks, telecom operators, and hospitals for interrupted power availability.

The Minister also advised major filling stations to extend door step delivery through barrel mounted small vehicles.

The current sales of fuel in Puri district has reached 3 lakh litres per day which is close to the normal consumption levels.

200 out of 234 filling stations have suffered severe damage due to Cyclone Fani. Plans have been drawn up for their restoration.

All 162 LPG distribution centres in Cyclone Fani affected Puri, Khordha, and Cuttack districts are operational. There is enough stock to meet the demand in the affected districts.

There is adequate stock of Kerosene to meet any future demands from the state govt and adequate arrangements shall be made for delivering in Cyclone Fani affected regions.