Valley shells out `1.5 cr on petrol daily
Srinagar, Dec 12: With Valley witnessing a sharp increase in the number of vehicles over past some years, the per day petrol consumption has reached to a whopping over 2 lakh litres amounting to about Rs 1.50 crore.
According to the petrol dealers the Valley (from lower Munda to Kupwara) consumes 2 lakh litres of petrol. In other words the Valley every day shells out Rs 1,40,94,000 on petrol. According to estimates Srinagar alone consumes more than 1 lakh litres.
Pertinently, there are 41 petrol filling stations in the Valley.
According to the dealers last year petrol consumption was more as compared to this year. “Last year per day petrol consumption was 2.66 lakh litres in the Valley,” they said.
Dealers believe the consumption has decreased due to “use of LPG as fuel in the vehicles.”
According to dealers the diesel consumption is much higher than petrol in Kashmir.
Diesel consumption in Kashmir for a single day stands at 15 lakh litres, they said.
The diesel consumption has further increased due to its use by cellular operators in the state.
“The cellular operators use diesel to run generators attached with the mobile phone towers,” they said.
According to experts every increase in the price of diesel and petrol further drains state economy.
According to a survey of the traffic department out of the total 6.68 lakh vehicles in J&K, more than 2.43 lakh are in Kashmir valley, 4.19 lakh in Jammu and just 630 in Ladakh region. In Srinagar city alone the total number of vehicles registered as on March 2009 was 1.57 lakh of which 86 per cent vehicles were petrol driven and only 14 per cent on diesel.
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
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