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Bhopal: Police department petrol pump a hit among residents

Maintaining law and order is not the only job the Madhya Pradesh police do. They also supply “good quality” petrol, diesel and auto gas to people, and the trust factor is helping the department’s business to grow.

bhopal Updated: Oct 26, 2016 07:39 IST
A Police Kalyan Petrol Pump in Bhopal.
A Police Kalyan Petrol Pump in Bhopal.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

Maintaining law and order is not the only job the Madhya Pradesh police do. They also supply “good quality” petrol, diesel and auto gas to people, and the trust factor is helping the department’s business to grow.

The police department’s welfare wing runs 23 petrol pumps in the state where 70% of customers are civilians. The commercial capital of Indore has four fuel stations run by the state police, while Bhopal, Gwalior and Morena have two each.

Rajesh Singh, a 49-year-old businessman, regularly visits the Jahangirabad petrol pump near Lal Parade ground in Bhopal — the first pump in the state opened by the department in 1978 — to fill petrol for his car and motorcycle. It was initially run by 7th battalion of the police before the police headquarters took it over in 1984.

“I am visiting this police-run petrol pump for the last 12 years because I feel confident and assured that I would not be duped here and would get high quality fuel,” said Singh.

He said almost all VVIP vehicles, including that of the chief minister, get the fuel filled from the police-run stations.

Dheeraj Verma, a student living at Shyamla Hills area, said he frequents Jahangirabad petrol pump as it is directly monitored by the police headquarters. “It is a sort of guarantee that I am buying fuel wrapped in the trust of the police department,” said Dheeraj.

Maximum number of vehicles coming for refuelling is of the civilians. “About 70% of our customers are civilians, which is way higher that the government vehicles which is just 30%. This proportion itself says it all,” said Sanjay Saxena, the manager of the Jahangirabad petrol pump, which works in collaboration with the Indian Oil Corporation.

“The per day sale of petrol is 7,000 litres while that of diesel is 5,000 litres. The monthly sales figures are 2 lakh litres and 1.5 lakh litres for petrol and diesel respectively,” added Saxena.

The petrol pumps run by the department not only generate revenue for the welfare of the policemen but also provide jobs to the unemployed relatives of the personnel across the state.

“In every police-run-petrol pump, the managing body comprises police personnel, in which the manager is an inspector-rank police official and the attendants are the unemployed relatives of the policemen,” said Anshuman Agrawal, the additional inspector general (welfare).

The attendants are hired on a three-month contract with `5,500 salary and get a renewed contract after their contract expires.

Agrawal said the petrol pumps are operated under MP Police Welfare Committee and the land is owned by the police department. The machinery is supplied by the oil company, which supplies the fuel to the petrol pumps.

“Twenty percent of the revenue generated by the petrol pumps is deposited in the Central Welfare Department while the remaining revenue is used by the managing body of the petrol pumps. The welfare wing works to increase the services being provided in the petrol pumps,” said Agrawal.