Petrol pumps in Bhubaneswar raided for tampering

Bhubaneswar: After Uttar Pradesh, Odisha Government has launched massive crackdown to ensure that no ‘electronic chips’ are used to tamper with fuel calibration by unscrupulous petrol pump owners in the state.

As part of the strategy to protect the rights of consumers, raids were conducted at several petrol filling stations in Bhubaneswar here on Tuesday.

The raids were jointly carried out by four teams of Civil Supplies and Weight and Measures Department in 14 filling stations across the city.

Though the teams did not find any electronic chips, irregularities were detected in dispensation of fuel by two petrol pumps during the raid.

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“The teams had raided nearly 14 filling stations and weights and measures have penalised two petrol pumps for irregularities in fuel dispensation, “said Food and Consumer Welfare Minister, Surya Narayan Patro.

Official sources said, adequate steps are being taken to ensure that right quantity of fuel is supplied to consumers at various fuel outlets in the state.

The raids were part of apprehension about use of possible electronic gadgets similar to those detected in Uttar Pradesh that were used for tampering with the system in dispensing units.

The Special Task Force had earlier busted the fraud and cheating done by various petrol pumps across Uttar Pradesh. The raids detected that dispensing machines were fitted with electronic chips and manipulated through remote control devices.

According to reports, the chips were attached to wire linked with a remote control. By using the remote control, the staff at several filling stations in Uttar Pradesh were able to set the limit and ensure that consumers were supplied with 940 ml or less fuel for purchase of one litre of petrol/ diesel.