‘For every oil mafia arrest,invoke ECA’

Even as the district administration has formed teams to crack down on kerosene and petrol mafia,the Pune Petrol Dealers Association.

Written by Nisha Nambiar | Pune | Published:January 30, 2011 3:39 am

Even as the district administration has formed teams to crack down on kerosene and petrol mafia,the Pune Petrol Dealers Association (PPDA) has demanded that those arrested be booked under the Essential Commodities Act. The dealers will meet district collector Chandrakant Dalvi on Monday to voice their concern on the situation in the district.

According to statistics,the 350 petrol pumps in the district have registered losses in quantity above one per cent owing to pilferage and the rampant operations by the oil mafia. The government states a permissable 0.6 percent and there is almost 0.4 percent siphoned off by the perpetrators,said PPDA spokesperson Ali Daruwalla.

The associations want to put up their demands to the government to come out with a Government Resolution that those booked for black marketing oil products should be booked under the Essential Commodities Act. As the act is stringent,the petrol dealers feel it is the only effective way to tackle the mafia.

The members allege that from each tank plying from the terminal to Pune city,at least 60 litres are siphoned off. This means a loss of around Rs 4,000 for each tanker every time an order is laid.

Dalvi said teams are cracking down on mafia operations in the city and have installed hi-tech devices to streamline the system. “We will have an efficient system to prevent blackmarketing,” he said. The dealers allege that for the last ten years the district administration has not booked anyone under the act even as the oil mafia has been in operations. “Unless ECA is invoked,there wont be any fear. The act will definitely not allow bail for six months,’’said Daruwalla.

In their presentation to be shown to the district collector,the dealers claim there has been no action on the perpetrators at Shewalwadi octroi post even after the association members conducted a raid last year. The committee formed last year should get proactive on this location as there continues to be pilferage,he said.

The presentation on how petrol dealers and pump owners are the sufferers because of miscreants will be made by PPDA western India vice-president Babasaheb Dhumal.

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