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Ban on heavy vehicles during Saptah will create fuel shortage: dealers



VASCO: The All Goa Petrol Dealers Association (AGPDA) has decided to file a petition before the South Goa District Collector in view of the decision to impose ban on movement of heavy vehicles by Mormugao Municipal Council for seven days during the Saptah celebration in Vasco.

Speaking exclusively to ‘The Navhind Times’, AGPDA president Paresh Joshi disclosed that the Mormugao municipal authorities cannot impose ban on transportation of essential commodities, including petroleum products, continuously for seven days because of the mega celebration which is scheduled from August 8.

“Forget about seven days, even one-day ban will paralyse economy of the state,” he added. “Generally, the district administration imposes ban on heavy vehicles entering and exiting on the town road (F L Gomes) from 8 a.m to 7 p.m for first two or four days during the annual Saptah celebration, but movement of heavy vehicles is allowed during the night time.

He noted that there is other road which passes through Khariwada locality and it can be utilised for diversion of heavy vehicles during the Saptah days.

“It is incorrect on the part of Mormugao municipal authorities to have a total ban for seven days on transportation of heavy vehicles without consulting the concerned agencies and the AGPDA,” he said.

“The Mormugao municipal authorities should have properly studied the issue and then taken decision,” he said, adding that, “the ban on transportation of essential commodities, including petroleum products, can lead to chaos.”

“At present, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) supply fuel to petrol pumps from Zuari Indian Oil Tanking Ltd at Sancoale, while Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) supplies its fuel to the petrol pumps from the tanks which are centrally located in the Vasco town,” said Joshi.

“The petrol pumps are dependent on fuel supplies through tankers from Vasco town and vice-versa. The ban will create total shortage of petrol and diesel throughout the state,” Joshi said.

“As president of AGPDA, I will file a petition before the District Collector, South Goa, if the Mormugao municipal authority fails to revoke decision to impose ban on the movement of heavy vehicles, including tankers transporting fuel,” he said.

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