LAHORE Petrol shortage persisted at almost all pumps in the City on Tuesday, despite a strong warning to oil marketing companies by the Punjab government to resume supply from their stocks otherwise their licences would be cancelled. Major refineries were also asked to increase their output at maximum level. The dealers see no relief in supply side in coming days until two or three big oil consignments reach at Karachi port. They claimed that the refineries were not willing to supply the fuel before the settlement of circular debt. We see no possibility of betterment in the situation in near future until two to three big oil consignments reach at Karachi port, said Senior Vice-president Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association Ch Sadiq. The other reasons behind the shortages were the 'panic buying by the motorists due to uncertainty about the future situation, he added. Ch Sadiq said that they had been receiving low delivery of petrol since May 22 and they had asked the government to take steps otherwise this shortage would turn in to a crisis but government turned a deaf ear in this regard. The government officials have been making only false claims that situation will improve in two or three days. The situation will never improve unless improve in supply from all the distribution companies, Ch Sadiq added. The people were badly affected due to the petrol crisis because of the weekly gas load management being observed by CNG stations on Monday and Tuesdays. They faced difficulties in reaching their work places especially the working class was badly affected as there was very thin public transport in the City. The problem of overcharging was also faced by the people as the transporters had increased the fares of their own due the fuel crises.