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Gurgaon: LPG station fined for not filling cylinders to capacity

Officials said five LPG cylinders filled by Chand gas agency had half a kilogram to 7kg less fuel than mandated.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 29, 2017 21:36 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
The inspections revealed that four petrol pumps and one gas agency were not operating as per the required standards.
The inspections revealed that four petrol pumps and one gas agency were not operating as per the required standards.(REUTERS)

A gas agency on Railway Rroad, near Sadar Market, was fined by the legal metrology department for not filling cylinders with the right amount of fuel. The discrepancy was noted during an inspection by the department two weeks ago.

Officials said five LPG cylinders filled by Chand gas agency had half a kilogram to 7kg less fuel than mandated, Deepak Kumar, inspector, metrology department, said.

The inspections revealed that four petrol pumps and one gas agency were not operating as per the required standards. A total of Rs 52,000 has been collected as fine from these pumps and the challans have been sent to the assistant controller in Faridabad for further investigation.

Kumar said after receiving a complaint, a petrol pump in Jharsa was also searched last week, but by the time the team reached the spot, a PCR call had also been made in the regard.

“We then let the police do their job and left the place,” he said.

The department has been inspecting hundreds of shops, including petrol pumps, gas agencies, sweet shops and grocery stores, across the district since May.

In these two months, as many as 497 shops, including 59 petrol pumps and 11 gas agencies, were inspected.

“Every month, it is mandatory to check one third of the petrol pumps in the district. Going by that, all petrol pumps and gas agencies in Gurgaon are visited and verified every three months,” Kumar said.

He said this particular drive was started after a scam came to the fore in petrol pumps in Uttar Pradesh in the last week of April. After checks, it was found that petrol pumps in UP were stealing fuel by manipulating the dispensing machines using remote-controlled electronic chips.

Apart from petrol pumps and gas agencies, the drive will also focus on checking restaurants, sweet shops and grocery stores.

“We have recently received complaints against some food outlets in Cyber City and a restaurant near Medanta -The Medicity. We will be regularly checking food outlets as well,” the inspector said.

It has been noticed that complaints against petrol pumps are more during winters, while sweet shops are on the radar during the festive season, he said.

These inspections will continue in the month of July as well.

Kumar encouraged consumers to file complaints against petrol pumps and shops if they suspect some wrongdoing. The complaint can be filed at the Mini Secretariat or online or phone.