HYDERABAD: The reduction in the prices of petroleum products has led to the ‘synthetic scarcity' of the commodities at the filling stations in Hyderabad division for the third consecutive day on Wednesday.

Motorists and motorcyclists were seen shuttling between filling stations in search of fuel, while some the filling stations sold out petrol at the rate of Rs 100 to Rs150 per litre at their own will.

Most of filling stations in the city and its suburbs continued suspension of sale of diesel and petrol and long queues of cars and motorcycles were seen at some stations where fuel was available. The long queues also caused traffic jams on many small and large thoroughfares.

Some owners of the petroleum pumps in Jamshoro, Sehwan, Dadu and Matiari sold out petrol Rs100 to Rs150 per liter. The pictures of such petroleum pumps charging the prices at their own behest went viral whereas many people took to social media requesting the district administration concerned to take notice of such malpractices.

Workers at the filling stations while talking to Business Recorder said that the supply will fully be restored at night as the long vehicles were not allowed to move on main roads at day time. In reply to a question regarding the sudden unavailability of oil, they said the stations ran short of the petroleum products soon after the announcement about cut in the prices by the government.

An official at a PSO station in Latifabad pleading anonymity said that there was no shortage of petroleum products but the owners of different filling stations had stopped purchase of fuel due to decrease in its price to avoid financial losses. He said that retailers were least bothered to facilitate the consumers.

The retailers, he said had started purchase of oil after implementation of the decrease in oil prices by the federal government.

He said that dealers would overcharge the consumers whenever government increased the price but the decision regarding cut in the price was scarcely implemented.

On the other hand, a large number of people were seen waiting at bus stops for the few public transport vehicles including taxi and rickshaws still on the roads. Others resorted to walking to their destinations on foot.

“I have been waiting for one hour to have my car filled with petrol," said Dhani Bux, a motorist at the Shell filling station in Qasimabad.

He said that the petrol filling stations could not stand the decrease in oil prices and were trying to pressurize the government into raising prices again.

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