Citing hindrances in the “lengthy” process of licence renewal and various mandatory clearances from civil supplies, forest department, power and corporation among 14 departments, the petrol pump at the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), which stopped operations four months ago, hasn't resumed its service so far.
The authorities concerned, however, say that needfull is being done and the petrol pump is expected to be functional within a week.
The petrol pump at the PAU used to cater to the thousands of university students, faculty members and visitors on daily basis but ever since it has stalled its operations, students are particularly affected the most as earlier they had easy access to the petrol filling station. Now, they have to go out of the university premises for fuel.
Harpreet Singh, one of the students, questioned as to what is the use of establishing the facility inside the university premises if it cannot be used regularly.
“The PAU officials should have ensured uninterrupted fuel supply at the petrol pump and formalities pertaining to licence and other clearances must be completed in a timely manner. The petrol filling station was a useful facility as students did not have to move out of the university premises each time they needed fuel for their vehicles but with the shutdown of services at this fuel station, students are particularly affected by it,” he added.
When contacted, Jarnail Singh, assistant accounts officer of storage and purchases division, PAU, said, “The process of resuming services at the petrol pump involves renewing of the licence period which is quite complex and lengthy. We are in the process of it and have already visited the authorities at Faridabad in this regard. Besides, we need to acquire no objection certificate (NOC) from civil supplies, corporation, forest, power among 14 departments before taking a final clearance from the district administration.”
“With most of the formalities are already worked out, we would be visiting the licensing authorities at Faridabad again this week. If all goes well, we shall be able to resume the services on July 6,” added Singh.