No more fuel shortage in Kashmir, says divisional commissioner

The shortage of essential supplies, particularly petrol, diesel, LPG and kerosene has ended with the arrival of sufficient stocks following the re-opening of the Srinagar-Jammu highway, officials said on Wednesday.

An official spokesman said that until 6 pm, a total number of 274 tankers and trucks crossed Jawahar tunnel, which included 81 LPG trucks, 67 petrol-loaded tankers, 91 diesel tankers, and 35 kerosene oil tankers.

More than 300 tankers are in transit and are expected to reach Kashmir Valley shortly, the spokesman said in a statement.

Divisional commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan said he reviewed the availability of stocks and distribution process with deputy commissioners, director FCS&CA and other senior officers in a meeting here.

He said that sufficient stocks have been received and further additional supply is in transit.

Inspector general of traffic police Alok Kumar said the Jammu-Srinagar highway was re-opened for traffic on Wednesday afternoon.

The road sank late Tuesday afternoon and efforts are on to repair the damaged portion to restore traffic on the highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the world.

The 270-km highway was closed on Monday following major landslides triggered by incessant rains and snowfall.