Terrible fuel oil crisis in Sylhet
Desk Report: The fuel oil crisis is on the rise. The oil crisis in Sylhet has intensified due to non-arrival of regular wagons from Chittagong. In this situation, the fuel traders of Sylhet have given the administration a week to resolve the crisis. If the supply is not normal during this period, they have announced a continuous strike at all petrol pumps in Sylhet division from next Sunday.
Fuel oil traders said the Sylhet division has a daily demand of 500,000 liters of diesel, petrol, octane and kerosene. Earlier, condensate (by-products) extracted from gas fields in Sylhet were refined at government refineries here to produce petrol and octane. But for the last five months, all the state refineries in Sylhet have been shut down on the pretext that it is not possible to produce quality fuel prescribed by BSTI.
After that condensate is being sent from Sylhet to the refineries of various non-government organizations in Chittagong. So now the traders of Sylhet have to depend on Chittagong for fuel oil. Jubayer Ahmed Chowdhury, general secretary of the Sylhet divisional committee of the Bangladesh Petroleum Dealers Distributors, Agents and Petrol Pump Owners Association, said all state-run refineries in Sylhet have been shut down on the pretext that quality fuel oil production is not possible.
But the quality of the oil being supplied from private companies is even lower. Jubayer Ahmed said a business delegation had met the deputy commissioner yesterday to resolve the fuel oil crisis. The district administration has been requested to take initiative to resolve the crisis.
If the fuel oil crisis is not resolved within a week, all petrol pumps in Sylhet division will go on strike from next Sunday. Fuel oil traders said the daily demand for diesel, petrol, octane and kerosene in Sylhet division is around 5 lakh liters. Bangladesh every day