Indo-Pak tension: ‘Very strong plan’ to ensure fuel supplies to defence in place

New Delhi: As tensions with Pakistan escalated, Indian oil companies have put in motion a “very strong plan” including moving a convoy of 500 trucks to ensure uninterrupted fuel supplies to all defence and strategic assets, top officials said on Wednesday. Tanks feeding defence establishment in forward areas along the border with Pakistan are all “topped up” and have enough fuel to meet any eventuality, they said.

Oil companies had topped up all storages in Jammu and Kashmir and other forward areas before the Tuesday’s pounding of a terrorist camp inside Pakistan as retaliation to Jaish-e-Mohammed operative killing 40 paramilitary personnel in a suicide car bombing in Kashmir on February 14.

And now, as many as 500 oil tankers are being moved to the state and other forward locations to stock up jet fuel (ATF), diesel and other petroleum products for ensuring fuel supplies beyond the 10-day stock firms generally maintain, they said.

State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) supply jet fuel for the fighter jets of Indian Air Force as well as diesel and other fuel for tanks, trucks and other automobiles used by defence and paramilitary forces.

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