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Surprise checks on pumps

Dec. 9: Three teams led by a district magistrate N. Pathak, two inspectors of legal metrology department and supply inspectors have started surprise checks at petrol pumps to find out malpractices while delivery of fuel to consumers.

A senior official of the district supply and consumer affairs branch told The Telegraph that the three teams have carried out surprise checks at six petrol pumps in Silpukhuri, Ambari, Jayanagar and other areas and they have been asked to submit their reports to the deputy commissioner every 15 days.

“Our teams are checking if the pumps possess the seal of IOC and legal metrology department to ensure both quality and quantity. During our checks, one of our teams found some problems in a machine and we have stopped its operation. We will be able to disclose all details once the inspection of all the pumps is completed,” the official said.

He said the drive was launched after a petrol pump in Nagaon was found delivering less quantity of fuel to customers.

“We have formed three teams and each team has been asked to carry out surprise checks of petrol pumps in 20 wards. Based on their report, the district administration will take action which include fines and even cancellation of licenses,” the official said.

“We have asked our team to take help of the workers at the pumps for information about malpractices and carry out surprise checks accordingly. The drive will continue further and we want consumers to inform us if they detect any malpractice at any fuel station,” the official said.

The superintendent of legal metrology department, Kamrup district, Moloy Bora, said dispensing pumps are certified every year after verification following the procedures laid down in the Legal Metrology General Rules, 2011. “Every machine has provision to resist probable malpractice according to the provisions in the model approval certificate of the central legal metrology department. If the station owners do not carry out regular verification, our inspectors carry out surprise checks and impose fines of Rs 5,000. In case they refuse to pay the fine, we can stop them from operating,” Bora said.

“Recently, the legal metrology department had detected two pumps of a fuel station at Narengi did not have the verification certificate and we imposed the fine according to our rules,” he said.

The Kamrup district legal metrology department looks after all 91 pumps in the district, including those in Guwahati. “Although maintaining the right measurement is a must, there is a provision of 0.5 per cent relaxation in every five litres of fuel,” Bora said.