|    May 21st, 2015   |   160

New Delhi(N4C Desk)-The department deployed a surveillance team in the Central district  on the midnight of 17/18 May following complaints regarding black-marketing of kerosene oil allegedly originating from Haryana state.  The surveillance team conducted raids and captured approx 15000 litres of suspected kerosene oil, the sale of which is banned as per law.

Concerned officers from the Oil companies were called to take samples for further checking/analysis in the fuel test laboratory.  FIR in the matter under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and relevant Control Orders is being lodged.  

A five member team of the department under the supervision of Asstt. Commissioner (West) Shri Vimal Kumar was also deployed for inspection of two petrol pumps of central district. The team checked working nozzles (Total 30 working nozzles- 22 petrol and 8 diesel) on these petrol pumps and samples of petrol and diesel have been lifted for further testing in laboratory.

The Department also took up a drive to check illegal refilling of gas cylinders, illegal sale of small LPG Cylinders, sale of under-weight gas cylinders and diversion of domestic LPG cylinder by the delivery boys of the gas agency for commercial use.

Nine teams consisting of members from the Food Supplies and Weight & Measures Department were deployed in district North, South West, West, Central, South, East, North East, North West and New Delhi. A total of 11 challans were issued on ground of short weight of gas cylinders and non availability of verification certificates under Legal Metrology Act.  10 small cylinders  for the purpose of illegal refilling  alongwith 04 LPG domestic cylinders  were seized by the inspecting team in  Choukhandi, Tilak Nagar.  FIR in the matter in accordance with the E.C. Act,1955 has been lodged .

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Regulation of Supply and Distribution) Order 2000 issued under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 bans unauthorised possession, supply and consumption of LPG, as well as unauthorised storage and transport of LPG.

The business of filling LPG in small cylinders from big cylinders is not only illegal but also very dangerous and may lead to explosions and fire accidents. Such premises also abet siphoning off of LPG from the domestic gas cylinders and cheating of consumers by supplying under-weight cylinders. On conviction, the accused may face imprisonment upto a period of 7 years.

The department is also writing a letter to Oil / Gas Companies to give wide publicity that consumers should check the weight of gas cylinders before taking delivery. Delivery boy should also invariably carry Identity card issued by the Gas Company and certified weighing machines / scales at the time of delivery of gas cylinders. In future, FIRs would be lodged in underweight cylinder delivery cases under ESA, 1955.