SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI: The Jammu & Kashmir administration has asked state-run fuel retailers to stock up on cooking gas cylinders to keep supplies going for two months in
the Kashmir Valley
even if road connectivity is disrupted due to frequent landslides or flooding during the monsoon.
The order triggered wild speculation and people began linking it to the deadly border stand-off with China in Ladakh and the large military deployment there. Food and consumer affairs director Bashir Ahmad said it was a routine order and there was nothing unusual about it. Senior executives from oil companies responsible for maintaining supplies in the Valley also emphatically said the order had no connection with the situation in Ladakh. Indeed, the order very clearly says the buffer stock is being created to avoid shortages when “frequent landslides” disrupt traffic on National Highway-1, the main road link to Jammu and the mainland. It asks oil companies to stock up bulk
at their bottling plants and cylinders in godowns of distributors.
Ladakh, even after remaining cut off during the winter, is better off in terms of LPG supplies because of an IndianOil bottling plant built near
said these orders were creating panic in Kashmir. “After all the lies and
false assurances last year
, even if/when the government explains these orders, hardly any of us will take the assurances at face value,” he tweeted.