N yet another instance of multiple orders being issued by authorities in Pune, District Collector Naval Kishore Ram on Wednesday allowed the general public to fill petrol, diesel and gas at all petrol pumps in the city without even possessing any valid pass or identity cards.
“Petrol pump owners in Pune district should provide fuel to the general public without asking them to produce a valid pass or an identity card. The fuel should be provided to citizens who live outside containment zones of PMC, PCMC and limits of three cantonment boards besides those citizens living in municipal councils,. The fuel should be given between 7 am to 7 pm,” the order issued today said.
When contacted, the collector said,”All those who are plying on the roads should be provided fuel by the pump owners without asking for identity proof or a pass.”
On Tuesday, the collector had issued a different order, a copy of which was widely circulated. The order said,”Fuel should be provided to only those involved in essential services in PMC, PCMC and cantonment limits and those possessing vehicle pass or identity cards.”
The order had however exempted people living in rural areas. “In Pune rural areas, fuel should be provided to all all citizens without asking for any proof,” he said.
Ali Daruwala, spokesperson for the All India Petrol Dealers Association, said two different orders have come from the collectorate on two days. “Besides, the police personnel were monitoring petrol pumps and carrying out video-shooting to check whether fuel was strictly issued to only those possessing valid permissions.”
Daruwalla said Pune Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad had on the other hand, clearly given instructions that citizens outside the containment zones should be given fuel between 7 am and 7 pm. “I have issued an order that citizens as directed by the government should get fuel between 7 am and 7 pm. The local police were setting different timings. They were unnecessarily causing confusion. I have issued an order overruling the police directives,” the PMC chief told this paper.
When asked whether the confusion over petrol to citizens has ended, the district collector said,”There is no confusion, some people are unnecessarily trying to create confusion. My orders are final, petrol and diesel will now be available for the general public.”
Two days back, The Indian Express had reported that civic activists have sent complaints to the Prime Minister and even to the Chief Minister regarding multiple orders in Pune and need for a Single Nodal Authority to end the current confusion.
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