ISLAMABAD - Following the complaints of illegal and unsafe hoarding and sale of smuggled petrol and diesel in various areas of the country, Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has decided to take strict action against those who are involved in the hoarding of petroleum products.
This was told by the well-informed sources at the ministry of petroleum & natural resources while talking to this scribe on late Saturday. They said that stringent action against un-registered dealers has been decided after persistent complaints of sale of smuggled and adulterated diesel and petrol in various parts of the country.
“Sale of poor quality diesel and petrol in comparison to the international standard is not only causing major faults in the engine of vehicles but also has become the sole reason behind increasing environment pollution in the country, “a senior official said, adding, that only oil refineries and oil marketing companies (OMCs) can stock petroleum products (POL) as they are OGRA licence holders.
The sources also said that the regulatory authority (OGRA) has taken serious notice of uncontrolled and unchecked illegal sale of poor quality of diesel and petrol and also decided in principle to take sever action against the smugglers and those unregistered oil dealers which are allegedly involve in the sale of adulterated oil. The enforcement division of OGRA has been given the task to immediately take stern action against these elements involved in the ugly business of oil smuggling and sale of adulterated oil to the consumers/masses. They also informed that the OGRA is not authorised to take direct action so the regulator had written letters to all chief secretaries of four provinces in this regard. As per the petroleum rules, OGRA teams would not only identify the people who would be involved in illegal hoarding and sale of adulterated/smuggled diesel and petrol but would also join hands with district administration to end the menace. More, according to relevant rules, all those are involved in such businesses would face Rs10 Lakh penalty coupled with six months imprisonment.