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IndianOil airlifts aviation fuel to Srinagar to aid flood relief ops

As the Army stepped up rescue operations in the flood ravaged Kashmir Valley, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) has airlifted aviation fuel (ATF) to Srinagar to aid air sorties to the marooned valley.

Indian Army has swarmed jets, choppers and boats to rescue more than 82,000 people so far after a week of rain caused riverbanks to burst.

'While the Army has been on the forefront, we have been operating in the background. We have ensured that their operations are not affected because of lack of fuel. Our fuel bunker at Srinagar airport, from where rescue air sorties are taking place, has been being stocked with enough aviation fuel,' IOC Chairman B Ashok said.

Besides rescue operations by the Army, the airport is also operating civilian flights normally as IOC continues to provide them with jet fuel.

To replenish stocks, ATF is being airlifted with the help of Indian Air Force from Ambala as truck movements are hampered due to flood waters cutting off roads links, he said.
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