LAHORE: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) on Friday announced launching a drive against sale of loose and adulterated petroleum products (especially petrol and diesel) and pledged to end the unlawful practice across the country.
“Supplying adulterated or standard petrol and diesel in loose form through mobile units or vehicles to petrol stations or other premises or any equipment (generators) by unauthorised people is clearly an illegal activity. Ogra will soon take action by launching a campaign,” Ogra Chairperson Uzma Adil Khan said after representatives of various oil marketing companies (OMCs) and petroleum products dealers’ association brought the issue to her notice during an interactive session at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
Responding to a question raised by one of the participants, about government inaction over various concerns related to such products’ weight and measures, standardisation, calibration, commission and franchises’ fee between the OMCs and the dealers, the Ogra chief said the authority could only play a mediator’s role in resolving the matter by bringing the two parties to the negotiating table.
Addressing another query, Ms Khan said Ogra was not in a position to allow construction of oil depots and petrol pumps at the time when the requisite licence and other legal formalities were under process. “We understand this issue well and we will find a solution soon,” she said.