Jalandhar-Kapurthala highway fuel station not meeting safety guidelines

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2016 12:36 IST

The central works division of public works department (PWD-building and roads) has found that a petrol pump of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at Basti Bawa Khel on Jalandhar-Kapurthala road has not been following the guidelines laid down by the ministry of road transport and highways. The road is designated as national highway 703A.

In a report by two sub-divisional officers of central works division, it has been recommended that a no-objection certificate (NOC) may not be given to the fuel station.

The pump has been set up within 300 metres of the radius (tangent to tangent) of another fuel station already existing on the highway, violating a key guideline set up by the ministry. Also, the guidelines say there should not be any service lane road within 100 meters of the fuel station but the inspection team found many roads and streets within the prescribed limit set up under the norms.

However, the pump which is currently in operation, had got the NOC from the district administration on March 20, 2015, but the same was challenged by a private individual after which the matter was raised before the ministry regarding the functioning of the fuel station.

Subsequently, the ministry’s regional office had asked its local officials to conduct an inspection of the pump at Basti Bawa Khel locality.

Two sub-divisional officers of the central works division were deputed for the inspection on February 3 and they found that the pump was not qualifying the norms set up by the ministry.

Confirming about the development, executive engineer BS Tuli said the inspection report had been sent to the higher authorities.

Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Girish Dayalan said that earlier, NOC was given to the company on the basis of the clearance given by municipal corporation and when a complaint was made about the violation of guidelines, the administration approached the regional office of the ministry in Chandigarh, which responded that a proposed fuel station on a highway needs a NOC from the ministry.

He said the earlier NOC was subsequently cancelled on December 8 last year, and IOC was given a period of 90 days to procure NOC from the regional office of the ministry of road transport and highways.

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