FAISALABAD: The fuel crisis worsened in South Punjab on Monday, as 90% of all petrol pumps closed down in the city of Faisalabad and surrounding areas.
Locals were forced to queue up to buy petrol at up to Rs160 per litre by pump owners. Petrol pump owners complained that only 8,000 litres of petrol are being given to each pump on alternate days.
The total consumption of petrol in Faisalabad is 600,000 litres per day
whereas the provision is a mere 250,000 liters per day.
As a result of this fuel shortage, public transport fares have increased. In an industrial city like Faisalabad, labourers are facing problems due to the increased fares.
Sources say that the shortage has been caused by the closure of PARCO and the Attock Refinery.
Petrol station owners maintain that PARCO is at fault while PARCO officials allege that pump owners are not booking orders due to a decrease in prices.