Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday responded to reports of petroleum pumps stealing petrol and said that ‘strict action’ would be taken against concerned officials and petrol pumps (IE)
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday responded to reports of petroleum pumps stealing petrol and said that ‘strict action’ would be taken against concerned officials and petrol pumps where the electronic chips had been found. According to reports, a special task force had raided multiple petrol pumps in Lucknow to check out the reports of petrol theft. The authorities were reported to have found at leat 7 such pumps where the stealing of petrol was rampant. These pump owners had been reportedly selling a lesser amount of petrol at the same charge. There are reports which allege that these pumps have been stealing 50 ml of fuel per every litre. This basically means that for every litre the customer pays for, he gets 950 ml of petrol.
And while this might seem like too scant an amount to be concerned about, sum up the total quantity of petrol sold in a day and we have a reason for big headaches. The current price of petrol in Lucknow is Rs 70 per litre. So if even 50 ml per litre is being stolen, it means that the thieves approximately make Rs 3.5 per litre. So petrol pump owners could easily earn an amount between Rs 2000 to Rs 4000 every day, an amount subject to the number of vehicles.
An Aaj Tak report earlier in the day had stated that electronic chips were being used at these pumps to steal petrol by manipulating data. SSP, STF Lucknow, Amit Pathak told Aaj Tak that they were aware of a few gangs working with petrol pump owners to install chips in these machines, which were used to dispense 5% to 6 % less petrol. Following the raid, the STF team arrested many petrol pump owners and workers. Meanwhile, it is possible that many other petrol pump owners in several cities across India might be using similar fraudulent practices to fool customers. Yet, such a raid in UP sends a strong message to such cheats as well as a warning to commuters.