Responding to the flurry of queries, Federal Minister apprised the august Committee that the main contributing factors in petrol growth are exponential increase in two wheeler population, CNG non-availability and use in generators due to load-shedding.
There was shortage of petrol in most areas of Punjab from January 15, 2015 to January 21, 2015. The reasons for disruption was the exceptional level of retail sales experienced through January 01, 2015. The PARCO Refinery experienced the shut down due to tripping of 11KV lines in Muzaffargarh area.
The National Refinery also experienced a technical problem and was forced to shut down; and also to PNSC vessels carrying petrol experienced un-expected delays. The exceptionally high sales coupled with delays imports caused the shortage of petrol in the country.
Minister further apprised that immediate measures were taken and petrol product was arranged; and now total stocks of petrol in the country are sufficient for nine days. To another query by a Committee Member, he responded that a single-member high level inquiry committee has been constituted by the Hon. Prime Minister; and investigation is underway and final report is still awaited. NNI