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Srinagar petrol stations face surprise inspections: Nozzles seized, fines imposed

Srinagar June 11(KINS): On the instruction of Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, surprise checks were conducted at all petrol stations in the Srinagar District to ensure accuracy, fuel quality, and basic facilities.

Teams from the District Administration Srinagar, including the Assistant Controller of Legal Metrology, Food Safety Officer, Tehsil Supplies Offices, and SHO, supervised the inspections in all Tehsils of the District.

Over 30 petrol stations were inspected across the District. In the South Tehsil, 9 petrol stations in MA Road, Dalgate, Sonawar, Batamaloo, Karan Nagar were checked. Similarly, 12 petrol stations were inspected in the Central Shalteng Tehsil, including HMT, Zainakote, Hokersar, Bemina, Barthana, Tengpora bypass, Bagh-i-Nandsingh, Shalteng, and Qamarwari.

In Panthachowk Tehsil, 6 petrol stations in Sempora, Panthachowk, and Pandrethan were inspected. Likewise, in Tehsil North, 3 petrol stations in Batpora, Zakura, and Habak were checked.

In Khanyar Tehsil, 2 filling stations in Rainawari and Munawrabad were inspected. Two petrol stations in Soura and Baghi-Ali Mardan Khan of Eidgah Tehsil and 2 petrol stations in Hyderpora and Baghat Barzulla areas of Chanapora Tehsil were also examined.

During the inspections, delivery tests were conducted using 5-litre and 10-litre measures. Filter tests were performed to detect adulteration, and some samples were taken for further examination.

The teams also assessed the availability of basic facilities such as free air, drinking water, fire extinguishers, and toilet facilities for both men and women at the petrol stations.

Random checks were carried out on fuel delivery at each station. A few petrol stations were issued notices for not providing free drinking water and were instructed to rectify the issue within 7 days.

Furthermore, some nozzles at petrol stations were found to be defective and were seized on the spot. A fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on the owner of a filling station in Batpora. The filling station managements were also instructed to adhere to the Oil Marketing Guidelines.

The District Administration has advised consumers to check the fuel delivery with the provided measuring cone at the petrol stations if they have any doubts about its accuracy.(KINS)

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